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Jonglei minister meets upset students of John Garang Institute

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By Philip Thon Aleu

April 20, 2009 (BOR) – A meeting on Friday between a Jonglei state minister and students of John Garang Institute of Science and Technology in Bor ended without setting a new date to open the Institute, which is halted by the Government of Southern Sudan’s delay in allocating funding.

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Deputy Governor Hussein Mar Nyuot, who doubles as State Minister for Local Government and Law Enforcement, told the students that Jonglei authorities have no strong hand in the maintenance of the Institute. After handing over the Institute to South Sudan government, Jonglei has no mandate and capacity to handle financial affairs, he said, but can only give a supplementary support.

The students, however, held Jonglei responsible for failing them by stopping lecturers from the Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) in a move to hand over the Institute to the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS), something Mr. Nyuot strongly denied.

ULIM had held the university from opening on the condition that Jonglei State to pay tuition fees for 64 students, he said. “But the State has no money. It was a difficult situation,” Nyuot stressed.

Dr. John Garang de Mabior Institute of Science and Technology in Bor, the capital of Jonglei, was established during the regime of former Governor Philip Thon Leek in cooperation with ASCOM Co., a Moldovan oil company operating here.

The next governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, sealed an agreement with Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) in January 2008 enabling the latter to send lecturers to the Institute which officially opened on February 2, 2008.

But Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok, appointed by South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit as vice chancellor, took control of the Institute in February 2009, halting the activities of ULIM.

After two and a half months of leave pending budgetary allocation to the Institute, there is still no date set for commencement of activities including lectures. Nevertheless, the South Sudan Parliament has never eliminated the Institute’s budget as earlier claimed, Nyuot elucidated last Friday.

"All the Universities in Southern Sudan are financially supported by the Government of National Unity and so the proposed budget [for John Garang Institute] was sent to Khartoum… only to be rejected on grounds that the Act of Establishment was signed by South Sudan President and therefore, the money must come from GoSS (Government of Southern Sudan)," he said adding "there is no worry… because we are committed and the budget is now before the Council of Ministers in Juba for discussion."

The students, who had expected the state official to announce a new date for the opening of the first higher Institution established independently by GoSS, left campus without any satisfaction.

“I thought the Minister was going to tell us when to begin lectures, but that the budget is still under discussion in Juba — that is what we knew already,” one student said.

“This does not mean that the Institute is collapsing but time is not in our favor,” another student noted, adding “I wish the Juba council pushes on quicker with the discussion and passes that little money.”

But the situation could grow worse: the deputy governor told students that if the government’s fiscal crisis deepens, they would be distributed to other universities of Southern Sudan.

Yet the students appreciated Jonglei State for showing responsibility in the affairs of the Institute and efforts made especially by updating them on the developing proceeding in Juba.

The Government of Southern Sudan is unlikely to allow any chance that the leading institution will collapse, as this could challenge to the legitimacy of the party ruling the semi-autonomous region, which opposed Khartoum governments for failure to spread social amenities nationwide.

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  • 21 April 2009 06:15, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Arrogance always doesn’t know how to handle issues, how would a minsiters react badly to students who are suppose to be the future of South Sudan. This madness of you junglese must be look at properly. Dinkas ministers deserve taking the $$ into their pockets rather than building with the nation, this is why jungle state remain dirty full of rubbish and corrupt leaders. Am sorry that you have been taught a bad spirit by your masters arabs. You better take this spirit of Greater Equatorians into your own homes, don’t just stick around and going home with nothing or don’t just move to this land and continue stupid act of stealing, looking for left over foods and wondering out at night. Walk up lost and mad community of dinkas, everyone is sick of yours behaviours. You should understand that you have been created by mistake.

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    • 21 April 2009 09:14, by lokutaweng

      Mr.Pills,

      I am very bitter why you are mentioned the name of late John Garang, wife she is not in the school nor her children in that school therefore, they people in school are all southern not Bor, we canot avoid the name of John Garang whether you want or not, and remember south Sudan was liberated by Garang 21 years in bush and you were with the Arabic the so call Goss does come alone you must to give big thankful for de Mabior who liberated and died for you people
      Dr John Garang institute school is not belonging to Rebecca or Garang even Bor general it is for whole south Sudan. Iam sorry for those who are against the development and Mr. Pill, I hope anything in Bor it is for the Sudan not the south Sudan.
      Those people who talk this way were not in the movement.

      Please, not mention the name against in such away.

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      Kurto

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      • 21 April 2009 16:37, by lash

        What movement are you talking about? Do you mean SPLM, this directionless and visionless movement? To hell with it. SPLM has become nothing but a fertile place for "nyakama", corruption, and betrayal. Instead of being saviour for the people of Southern Sudan, SPLM has turned out to be the destroyer and eliminator.

        Despite Dr.Garang’s committment to the struggle, yet he had terribly failed to creat a strong intitutionalized movement. All the defects manifested nowadays are just the natural consequences of the corruption, tribalism and nepotism practiced by him. This fact is a common man knowledge within the SPLM/SPLA circles. Thus, we still hold Garang responsible for all the trgadies hitting South Sudan today...

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  • 21 April 2009 13:01, by piriit

    Mr. Nile you are dullard with no imagination, a traitor who earns money from his fellow bloods.

    You are telling those affected students in Garang Institute to dig Dr. Garang‘s grave in Juba and ask him if he had some money from those millions of dollars which he had stolen before he was sent to hell?. You will be Lucky if you are not a Southerner but if you are a Southerner, the bloodsheds of this Country must judge your statement.

    Those affected student s are not from Bor alone but they are from different states of Southern Sudan such Lakes State, Central Equartoria, Upper Nile etc.

    Mr. Nile I know you are with Jalaba in Khartoum but try to come to Junub whether you will not run headless or gagged.

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    • 21 April 2009 18:42, by Nile

      Pirim Doum, I can’t go Juba because if I see Salva assigning checks to his kins men, I may start another revolution and that my friend may cause lives.

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  • 21 April 2009 22:03, by Mel mosa

    My question is this.Where is John Garang Institute? If John Garang institute in Jonglei, there is not need for Southern Sudan government to fund this institute. It is a job of State government as well as others agencies in the State. If John Garang institute need funding from Southern Sudan government, it suppose to be located in Juba or every State. Funding this Institute while it is in single State may not be fair because this State may get more budget than other States. So, We need every child to has same education so that they can understand themselves better than us. This way, can rescue our nation from bad route.

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