Jonglei governor condemns corruption, calls on people to embark on development.
"Corruption must be avoided. It obstructs development, brings failure and confusion", Manyang said. Manyang's remarks came while addressing the state local government budgeting and planning trainees at Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology. The governor trainees at the closing ceremony to avoid corruption which he branded as "an enemy of development" and urged them to be an eye of the government at various levels of governance. He said the people South Sudan have failed to develop themselves after six years of peace with the north and asked them to turn new page. "We are responsible for the backwardness and the crisis we are living in", said Manyang. "After 6 years of peace in South Sudan, little have been done; we are still moving on foot, no food and health facilities. We have failed ourselves in our land." In 2005 a peace deal ended over two-decades of civil war and a referendum in January secured South Sudan's independence, which will come to fruition July 9. Kuol suggested that his government will use people to develop themselves in their Counties and Bumas [localities]. He urged the young trainees to work closely with county commissioners to help them in planning on how to raise funds for development and how it should be used. "We have to use people to develop themselves. With this little knowledge, you will help county commissioners in financial management. Don't just only plan on how to use money but also on how to raise funds for development", said Manyang. Since May over 30 young employees from Jonglei's state ministries of local government, agriculture, health and education among others have been receiving training at Garang Memorial University. The training was supported by Winrock and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Sudan BRIDGE as the implementing agent. Some of the trainees were graduates from various universities within and outside Sudan, while others had high school certificates. The minister of local government, Diing Akol Diing told the trainees that improving the local government at all levels is a priority and asked them to work hard to achieve the set goals. "The change we expect will come from you. You have now taken up the second gun which has no age limit. You use the knowledge you have to the best which is expected out of you", Akol said. He said some training on financial management was still ongoing. He asked the trainees to work independently without fear from county commissioners. "The commissioners have no power to stop or remove any of you from the job you are assigned to. Commissioners have no authority to transfer you to any place", said Akol. Stephen Majok one of the trainees told Sudan Tribune the group has benefited a lot from the training. He said they are confident of what they will do in the counties and districts they will be deployed to. The facilitator from Winrock, Zealus Zulu, said the training was planned to cover six modules of budgeting and planning to prepare and equip the trainees with enough skills and knowledge. Due to time pressure only five modules were completed. Zulu said they planned to bring the same group back in the near future to take some more courses. (ST)
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