By: Eng. Hussein Adan Igeh (Hussein Deyr) [Hargeisa, Somaliland


The most pathetic pessimist on earth is the person who denies the good things that has been done for the wider social and public interest, regardless who has done it!  The current government deals with challenging issues of today as well as for tomorrow; focusing mainly on those issues (national and international) that really matters and affects the lives of Somaliland people.

Genel Energy’s come back to Somaliland Republic seems to have a demoralizing implication to Somaliland’s opponents, distracters to development as well as to those unbalanced and immature politicians that are lacking of tact, vision and context driven politicalconvictionthat are continuously spreading false and damaging stories about the country’s development, international firms investing the country as well as the president and his cabinet members.


Genel Energy is back, this time on a permanent tenure!


On Wednesday, 20th Nov. 2013, a high profile delegation of Genel Energy Firm led by the company’s CEO Mr. Tony Hayward came with a direct special flight (the first of its kind) from Luton (UK) to Somaliland’s Capital Hargeisa.


Genel Energy, the British-Turkish Energy Production Company has returned to Somaliland and declared its commitments of continuing Oil and Gas exploration activities in the country, this time on a permanent tenure.  During a joint press briefing with the Minister of Minerals & Energy Hon. Hussein A. Dualeh, Mr. Hayward stated that he was very happy that his company was returning to Somaliland and he pledged the firm will step up its efforts to pursuit of prospecting of Oil and Gas for the benefits of each and everyone in the Somaliland Republic. Mr. Hayward also hailed the meeting with the President of Somaliland and his ministerial team as a fruitful one and expressed his delight and pleasure of its result.


In 2012 Genel Energy obtained substantial acreage in Somaliland, investing two sizeable blocks in central-east Somaliland and started pre-elemi nary exploration work programme for both blocks. Genel Energy was so far in the process of prospecting Oil and Gas in Somaliland. The company has been committed to and implemented an extensive searching work programme and completed environmental impact assessments and aerial surveys. In addition, a significant work preparation has been made for acquiring 2-D Seismic data collection, before Genel Energy unexpectedly departed out of the country. Early September 2013, all at once the company halted its operations, this due to operational and local challenges, including ‘security concerns’.


The natural resources belong to all citizens, not to a certain clan or sub-clan!


To the frustration of many Somaliland’s citizens at home and in abroad, Genel Energy’s abrupt departure has created a climate of collective confusion; each end of the political spectrum in the Somaliland Republic was attacking the other, laying blame for creating a climate of mistrust and public upheaval that could have fostered a such division.


The statehood and clan loyalties have a destructive effect on each other. In most of the cases, the frame of mind of loyalty to a particular clan cannot coexist with a wider societal context where Somalilanders are considered to belong to and being part of a democratic constitutional state. When the citizens of the country are the main obstacles that hold back for the government’s development attempt, I wonder what for power the state yet would have to fulfil its obligations towards the people and country! In Somaliland, the main sticking point of the statehood, social progress and state institutions is the tribal mindedness of Somalilanders themselves.


It was very sad, shocking and shameful to have noticed that some clans openly interfered with contracts signed by the government with international firms.

We know now in details that there has been threatening letters sent to Genel Energy by tribal minded Diaspora groups who claimed to be the rightful owners of any oil contracts in their specific areas. Those untrustworthy Diaspora groups should know that the natural resources do not belong to a certain clan or sub-clan where it is found but it is the assets of all citizens in the country. The state has obligations to protect the interest of the nation and every citizen has a right to the natural resources whose management is strictly the constitutional task and duty of the central government.


Progress-loving people is the only guarantee for future prosperity


The government of Somaliland is committed to working attentively with Genel Energy to help make possible the sustained success of this vital national project. The government has not only guaranteed of conducive working environment free from trouble and harassment by distracters to development but all relevant issues pertaining to its contractual obligations.


The government has taken audacious steps to protect and take full possession of the country’s natural resources to make sure the success of the exploration effort. The government shall embark on a major public awareness building and community engagement programme to realize a mutual and favourable working situation. Furthermore, before any major operation begins, there will be established a national security protective force which will protect and ensure overall safety of the expatriates while carrying out their work.


If our people are wise enough, we should embrace and welcome any attempt and anyone who is willing to explore, prospect and develop the natural resources of the country. Our people must become aware of the value and necessity of such projects concerning country’s development and in particular for the advancement of prosperity level of the citizens of this country.Thwarting and threatening international oil companies wishing to do business with our country (which is not yet recognized) is an unprecedented stupidity!


In order to avert any similar situation in which Genel Energy has stumbled upon, the citizens of this country should realize the importance and impact of this project in relation to the country’s development as well as our people’s future wealth. We must take note of the mistakes made in the past that caused the company (Genel Energy) halted its operations. The lessons should be learned and then acted on them. Additionally, there should be a severe punishment for any person or group of persons found acting damagingly to national concern or any other ruthless groups found engaging in acts similar to those of threatening International Energy Firms into suspension of ongoing exploration activities.


Long Live and may ALLAH bless the Somaliland Republic and its Noble people


Eng. Hussein Adan Igeh (Hussein Deyr) [Hargeisa, Somaliland]



  1. Sycophancy is sycophancy and nothing else, as lie is a lie as simple as that. The trial to discuss about the occurences and events relating to Somaliland present situation without the need for conscious reasons is an illusion in its own sense. Alleging or arguing that Siilaanyo has fulfilled what he promised and made achievements far more competently than any previous presidents is a sheer nonsense, We know that Genel is back, but why it has left country? Corruption, bad governance, nepotism, insecurity?Of course. What else that made Genel to leave the country? Who can now guarantee that Genel can carry out its job? The mentality that made mistakes is still there? Siilaanyo will be the one he was. Dump and deaf, with dirty politics. We know what he did when he was SNM chairman and after?

  2. What a load of rubbish and a lot of hot air! The author must have lost his head or blinded by his bias and partisan thoughts by so foolishly praising Silanyo's corrupt government without even mentioning the sleazy and brazen way that government officials have conducted the procurement and tendering process prior to the protestations which rendered Genel to pull out from Somaliland back in September.

    It doesn't change the facts and if the same corruption is used to get more contracts once again the local population will rise up and even worse this time because they could take up arms and could trigger a wider conflict. If the author is serious about the issues he should also warn the government and its corrupt and arrogant Ministers not to repeat the follies they have committed last time and must stop interfering the procurement process. Perhaps one piece of advice that the author should have given Silanyo's government is that they should start bringing in the right legislation for resource distribution because this goes in the heart of people's grievances over the Genel Concessions.

  3. Anyone groups or individuals who attempt to stand in the way during these preliminary oil and gas explorations in Somaliland should be considered enemies within, therefore they should be treated as such.

    • constructive criticism of the project would be welcome. what we lack in Somaliland is an open and constructive and positive outlook toward development. It is usually rampant with corruption and nepotism as well as tribalism. As long as Somaliland operates in tandem with the internationally set values and norm, no one will object to any project. However, if the so called tribalist want to think in the lenses of tribalism, there will not be any project. engineer Hussein you have to know that the local people at the grassroots level affected by this project must be given the priority opportunity. However, if the so called president and his henchman like Hirsi want to screw the project in the benefit of his east buroa clan or his gabile partner and co, no one will be allowed to do anything. The inner circle of this government has to understand that without consultation and assessment of environment, economic and social impact no project will succeed. rather it will be a source of conflict and hatred.

  4. mine is mine and what belongs to other people is mine. that is what this peace is amount to.

  5. I doubt genel will stay in Somaliland and continue its operation and business without nepotic ministerial interference. This is not a problem with Somaliland only. it exist wherever Somali people live. Somali people want to run 21st century enterprise with 1st century mentality. That does work it is doomed to fail. Transparency and localism will only avert the same problem to repeat again. The government has never made any legal framework in which resource will be shared. As to me, the local people should be given priority in job opportunity and they should be compensated well for any economic, social and environmental impact. localism does necessarily mean blind favouritism to local people.

  6. we need sureties and grantees !!!!!!!!!!! our resources needs to benefit all somalilander not individual big popoos !!!!!!!!!!!! the company should be monitor throughout by government Representative and contracts should pass to law makers and open what we are befitting out of exploration in percentage and regional because no one is expected to shift for his/her site without compassion we are tired of propaganda of noise sounds and empty handed.