Comply with country laws, AG tells oil and gas firms

Saturday July 7 2018

The Attorney General, Dr Adelardus Kilangi

The Attorney General, Dr Adelardus Kilangi 

By Gadiosa Lamtey @gadiosa2

Dar es Salaam. The Attorney General, Dr AdelardusKilangi, has issued a stern warning to gas and oil firms conducting exploration activities in the country to comply with the Local Content Act failure of which could see their licences being revoked.

He also challenged Tanzanians to learn and explore opportunities that are available in the sector so that they would chip in instead of complaining.  

The AG, who is doubles as board chairman of the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (Pura),issued the warning and made the challenge yesterday when he visited the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Pavilion at the on-going 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).

“We have already enacted the Local Content Act that requires oil and gas companies to ensure indigenous people are involved so that they can benefit from the natural resources found in their country,” he said.

Dr Kilangiadvised that the companies should familiarize themselves with the regulations of the law to avoid being penalized. The local content wants Tanzanians to benefit from profits generated from oil and gas operations.

In 2016 the Vocational Education and Training Authority (Veta), introduced oil and gas course that intend to prepare Tanzanians to fully participate in the sub sector.

More than 50 students graduatedat various levels and already some got employed in the oil and gas companies based in Mtwara and Lindi regions. 

This year’sexhibition was officially launched by Prime Minister KassimMajaliwa on July 4.

More than 2,900 and 500 local and foreign firms respectively are participating in the fair showcasing their products and services. The fair opened on June 28 and is scheduled for closure on July 13.

Speaking during the opening of the show, Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage said this year saw more activities taking place including launching the guideline for establishing industries under the jurisdictions of Local Government Authorities.