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Inadequate Budget Delays Operationalization Of New Counties In Jonglei State

By Garang Abraham Malak


Inadequate budget has delayed operationalization and the appointments of commissioners of newly created counties in Jonglei State; the state governor has told The Nation Mirror.

Governor Philip Aguer Panyang Jot said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that the appointments of new commissioners of new counties require a lot of resources and that has hindered the provision of service delivery in the area. “We don’t have enough budget, therefore, there is no need to hurry now in appointing them. We would have appointed them (Commissioners) if the old budget could accommodate them but now the old budget cannot accommodate the old and new commissioners,” Aguer said. However, the former army spokesman mentioned the state government is still awaiting approval of newly created counties because of controversies from other communities.

He said the commissioners will soon be appointed after knowing sufficient budget that will cater for their accommodation, mobility among others.

“Even though we appoint commissioners from today, we believe they will face a lot of difficulties in executing their tasks because there are no proper facilities in the areas,” he said.

He stressed that his government will try to implement the vision and mission of ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of taking town to the people, despite challenges.   Governor Aguer underscored that, although there was some money got during the fund raising time, the funds were channeled into roads rehabilitation and agricultural sector to boost food productivity in the state. The state official said the only revenue that can support the new counties will come from social taxes from each of new counties administration and that will make the state to prosper.

Jonglei state was curved out from the previous greater Jonglei now divided into four similar states. New Jonglei now compose of Duk, Twic-East and Bor respectively.

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