TotalEnergies EP Uganda launches Road Safety Program for Buliisa District
Buliisa, July 12, 2023 – TotalEnergies EP Uganda has today officially launched the VIA Road Safety Programme aimed at raising road safety awareness among young people aged 10-25 and educate them in safer road behavior through interactive learning methods deployed in schools.
The VIA programme is an initiative by TotalEnergies, Michelin Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) which was implemented in Uganda starting March 2022. The programme has so far been rolled out in 138 schools in the Tilenga project districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, Pakwach, Hoima, Kikuube and Kampala training over 27,000 pupils on proper road usage. In Buliisa, as a result of this there has been a 33% reduction in reported road crashes within school zones.
“We are pleased to join forces with our partners to deliver a such a crucial safety program in our project area. Safety is our core value, and it encompasses not only our people and assets but also the communities neighbouring our communities. The development of the Tilenga project will lead to an increase in vehicle movements within the area and our ambition is to have zero fatalities associated with the project,” said Mazen ABI-AZAR, Construction Manager TotalEnergies EP Uganda.
The VIA program also comprises a “Train the Trainer” model where schoolteachers are trained as VIA educators. Over 250 teachers have completed the training and have graduated as VIA road safety educators. The selected teachers are empowered to deliver the VIA road safety program within their respective schools
The programme is being implemented on behalf of TotalEnergies EP Uganda by Safe Way Right Way (SWRW). Speaking at the event the CEO at SWRW, Peter Tibigambwa said, ‘’Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we are pleased to implement this programme on behalf of TotalEnergies EP Uganda. We call upon all stakeholders to embrace and participate in initiatives to protect our children on the roads.
The event was attended by a cross-section of Buliisa district leaders, Project partners, participating teachers, headteachers, school pupils, sub-contractors, “boda-boda” association leaders, commuter taxi association leaders and Government officials from Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda Police Force, Uganda National Roads Authority and the media.
Road accidents are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29 worldwide, i.e. over 500 young people every day. It is therefore crucial to take action for safer mobility. VIA is a versatile and modular program, developed from an innovative digital platform that provides actual solutions tailored to the issues of each community. Young people think about the risks they may come up against and take on responsibility for their own safety.
The VIA program is in line with TotalEnergies CSR pillar of Road Safety and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 4 & 11 that emphasize healthy living and promotion of well-being for all at all ages, inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities and making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
About the Tilenga Project
The Tilenga project is implemented by TotalEnergies EP Uganda on behalf of the Government of Uganda in the Albertine Region. The Tilenga project will produce 190,000 kboed at plateau from the 6 fields of Ngiri, Jobi Rii, Gunya, Mputa-Nzizi-Waraga, Kasemene-Wahrindi, Kigogole-Ngara, Nsoga and Ngege fields. Over 400 oil wells will be constructed on 31 well pads to produce oil and gas resources. The first oil production is projected to start in 2025. TotalEnergies EP Uganda is committed to undertaking the Tilenga project in accordance with national regulations, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and with the IFC Performance Standards.
About TotalEnergies in Uganda
TotalEnergies has been present in Uganda since 1955 through its marketing operations and has more 200 stations countrywide. TotalEnergies EP Uganda is an upstream affiliate which is leading the development activities towards production in the Tilenga project area - Contract Area 1 (CA-1) and License Area 2 North (LA-2N) within the Albertine Region
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
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