The Minerals Protection Unit of the Uganda Police Force is making preparations to sensitize locals in Karamoja on the conduct and benefits of the aerial mineral surveys and mapping exercise that is yet to begin.
The surveying and mapping is to be done in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
According to the Minerals Protection Unit Commandant, SP Jesca Keigomba, the Unit and the line Ministry have embarked on a sensitization and alertness campaign in the districts of Karamoja to educate and inform the locals that the exercise is for the good of the country.
“The minerals protection unit has already been around most parts of the country sensitizing the local artisan miners about the dangers of illegal mining that is taking place countrywide and advising them against the use of chemicals during mining,” Keigomba said.
The sensitization exercise comes after the arrival of two aircraft that were received by both line ministers of Energy and Mineral development that is; Hon. Goreth Gitutu and Sarah Opendi at Entebbe international on Tuesday, set to commence work as soon as they are approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
According to Keigomba, aerial surveying and mapping is expected to improve mineral exploration, increase local and foreign investment in the Karamoja region and increase employment opportunities.
The exercise, she said, has no risk or harm to health of humans or animals.