On Thursday, 9th May, 2019 Ms. Maliam Acio, a PhD candidate of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, successfully passed her Oral Examination.

Her thesis title is: Oil and Gas Induced Displacement and Its Effect on Communities’ Experiences from Ghana and Uganda.

The study examined the effects of displacement resulting from land acquisitions in two projects regions: an oil refinery in Hoima, Uganda, and a gas plant at Atuabo in Ellembelle District in the Western Region. It also highlighted the roles played by institutions in the two countries before the displacement and after.

She recommended that the government of Ghana consider passing a law which favours payment of compensation before land acquisition. In Uganda Ms. Acio argues that land owners of properties affected by projects be made to engage the services of valuers at government cost. However, both governments of Uganda and Ghana should comply with their land acquisition policies and laws and conduct meaningful consultations aimed at the timely payment of compensation to affected people.

ISSER congratulates Ms. Maliam Acio.

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