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South Sudan takes full control of John Garang Institute.

By Philip Thon Aleu February 20, 2009 (BOR TOWN) -- John Garang de Mabior Institute of Science and Technology in Bor town now "officially belongs" to South Sudan, a top official said here on Wednesday. The Institute failed to open as scheduled for February 1, 2009 due the change of administration.

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The Institute Chancellor Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok told the Sudan Tribune that an agreement has being reached by Jonglei government and ASCOM Oil Company for the compensation of fixed and variable assets at 2.5 million dollar on Wednesday in the State capital Bor town. Prof. Majok added he is setting things right - including the finances, before announcing a new date to open the second semester for the first year students. John Garang Institute opened on February 1, 2008 with enrollment of 104 students for Bridging Course of six (6) months ending July 31 that year. Degree programs in Pharmaceutical Technology, Natural Science (Ecology), Forestry and Public Gardening (Agriculture) and Laws commenced on October 1. During the first semester, students were issued identity cards bearing Free International University of Moldova (ULIM), Branch in South Sudan as the Logo without any reference to John Garang Institute. The Institute, constructed by ASCOM Oil Company in a separate agreement with the Jonglei government, had affiliations with Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) which sent lecturers in 2008 in yet another accord that was only halted by a South Sudan presidential appointment of Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok as chancellor and the decreeing of the Act of Establishment of the Institute on July 23, 2008. Since then, the Institute functioning has been snaky -- with ULIM claiming ownership of the Institute structures and full administration and Prof. Agrey Ayuen group on the end of the rope. In a meeting chaired by Jonglei Gov. Kuol Manyang Juuk and attended by ASCOM Vice President and Prof. Majok, South Sudan will compensate the ASCOM for construction and other expenses. This would also means that ULIM has to negotiate new terms of collaboration with the new administration on the latter's invitation, Majok said following the meeting. "Officially, the Institute belongs to the new administrationC*.and I will collaborate with them (ULIM) on new terms," Agrey said. Asked whether the Institute faces possible collapse should ULIM reject the 'new terms' Agrey says; "I am not worried whether they [ULIM] come or not. We will be able to function." When asked why he has delayed to start lectures on February 2, 2009, Prof. Majok responded that "it was not my program. It was ULIM program." Jonglei Governor Kuol Manyang told the Sudan Tribune on Monday that the Institute has not collapsed but rather stronger. "It is now at the hand of Southern Sudanese. And I think they will announce when to begin," the Governor said adding that Southern Sudan is fully committed to support John Garang Institute at all cost. Frustrated by repeated delays to open the Institute timely, the students at John Garang Institute seek government complete negotiations with ASCOM and ULIM to set things right; once and for all. "It is very hard. You remain uncertain whether the Institute will open or not? But what can one do -- just hanging around Bor Town," one student said adding "I hope the deal is completed forever." (ST)

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Date:Feb 23, 2009
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