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JUSU Presses Gov’t To Reduce Student Transport Fare

By Dach Agoth Mayen

 

Juba University Students’ Union (JUSU) has urged Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to reduce all means of transport fares to students by at least 50 percent cost. JUSU Secretary General, Gum Thany Mon registered student’s plea to the transitional government lead by President Salva Kiir and FVP Gai to critically scrutinize issues which are affecting studies of students that includes transport fares.


Thany was speaking on Saturday in Nyakuron Cultural Centre during the occasion organized by National Youth Union to celebrate four months of formation of unity government including the recent reconstituting of transitional parliament. The function was attended and graced by country’s first vice president General Taban Deng Gai among other senior government officials.


“We need transitional government of national unity to prioritize student’s welfare funds which was established through a presidential decree two years back,” Thany said. In 2014, President Salva Kiir issued presidential decree constituting an Act governing Student’s Welfare Fund which was later endorsed by National Legislative Assembly (NLA), in an effort to strengthen students’ welfare in pursuit of their studies.


Thany narrated that many students get stuck in Juba after completing academic semesters at the Universities particularly in the University of Juba making vacation trips a nightmare due to unaffordable transportation fares.


He expounded that the transport fares and financial constraints has contributed to the high rate of drop out of students from public Universities. “Our request is that, students should not be charged equal amount with working class but their fares should differ by 50 percent,” he explained.


Meanwhile, there was a commission members committee formed to managed the institution but so far there has not been any success recorded nor the commission seen functioning, prompting students to questioned where about of the commission and what might have gone wrong.


On the same occasion, Thany advised youth to unite their ranks and shun tribalism, division based on the ethnic lines and urged them to rally behind the government and support peaceful implementation of peace deal.

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