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John Garang Institute sets to reopen


By Philip Thon Aleu

September 1, 2009 (BOR) – After 8 months uncertain of academic future, students of Dr. John Garang Institute of science and technology, in Bor, will start reporting to the campus next week, officials say.

John Garang Institute

"The good news is that the institute is opening on Monday [September 7]," Prof. Aggrey Ayuen Majok told the Sudan Tribune here Tuesday in his office.

At the entrance, a notice addressed to students reads "semester two [for] academic year 2008/2009 begins on Monday September 7, 2009."

This is the first written official statement confirming that studies are commencing after a number of rumored reopening. The first being the March 22, end of May and likely mid August, 2009 as dates to start lectures. A turning point is now clearly real. The public has being furious that the institution may collapse given the high coverages seen in the media and criticism labelled against the authorities.

The Institute President Prof. Aggrey observed that future challenges will be tackled as they come. He was responding to questions whether other delays like what happened this year are completely averted with the announcement to restart services.

Local writers have criticized governments of Jonglei and south Sudan for letting down the institute in one way or the other. The students on the other hand tried to remain calm but attentive on issues pertaining closer higher institution of learning.

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

Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, following Mr. Leek footsteps, sealed an agreement with Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) in January, 2008 enabling the later to send lecturers to the Institute which started 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.

ULIM has being seen as reluctant to open new collaboration terms with Prof. Aggrey’s administration. Since then, the Institute functioning has been snaky – with delays to allocate funds by South Sudan government and lecturers on the other hand.

However, the past is gone, Prof. Aggrey says when asked to comment on the future of the Institute specially the assurance to the public that services will at least runs smoothly and students remaining at classes.

With financial crisis and government policies on the hand, some difficulties are expected to arise.

Other institutions have been named after former rebel leader John Garang in southern Sudan something analysts say are seen as directing counter reacting to the establishment of Bor institute when the budget was excluded for discussion in the regional assembly in Juba in February, 2009.


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  • 2 September 2009 04:55, by oshay

    For a man who supposedly fought for the dignity and liberation of the Southern people, the SPLM decided to build a building literally the size of a chicken shack with all the billions of dollars they received.

    How disrespectful.

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    • 2 September 2009 06:50, by Malakal

      I will give you that Mr. Oshay. This man (de Mabior) deserves better, than that disfunctional institute. the fact that it is not even running smoothly does nothing but shock many of us. I personaly think that an institute like that can unite the people of Jonglei State. It is a symbol of civilization, consider the youth of all counties in the State enrolling in that institution; the conflict could be resolved through students, learning some valuable elements of peaceful co-existence. As they spent time together they can realized and recognized the similaries they both possess and therefore overcoming and eventually detaching with their inner perceptional prejudices they hold against one another’s tribe. That trend can ultimately carry on to the less civilized areas, even the most hostile ordinaries could be enticed with this new concept.

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      • 2 September 2009 08:22, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        $$$$ being wasted on this institution, instead of building the city people are turning the money to the dark corner so that they can loot without anyone seeing them. Shame on you poor junglese loot but your day is coming, any of you ran naked across South into your won kraal.

        South Sudan must Stand for Sudanese People Liberation for Dinkas Chang (SPLM-DC), Sudanese Undercover Security Agency SUSA has found that DC way for better nation

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        • 2 September 2009 08:37, by Dinka Boy

          What is your name? Big logic. No No you are Arab hybride.
          What is the different between building institution and building the "city"?. I know you are jealous and narrow minded because the school is built in Dinka area. That is the school for all Southern Sudanese even those who claim to be DC are highly welcome to the state.
          My friend tommorrow Dr John Garang institute is going to be built next year in your state not only in Dinka Bor area.
          My friend do you want to die with Lam Akol,
          Go my friend to be his janitor and dish cleaner where he is hidding.
          Mr D boy

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        • 4 September 2009 22:14, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

          Haaaaaaaaaaaaa! Mr Oshay & youg logics,

          Be your selves and takes this truth of the liitle changes! We have trasformed the whole Sudan, why barking at Dinkas instead of giving them respects and thanks that they deserved for championing the true liberaation? You are nuts in the head.

          The above young institution is not a wasts of $$$$ as you put it! it is for future developnent since we can not develops South Sudan in one day.
          Thinks twice before attaking Dinkas.

          Be bless.
          Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from illogic thinking.

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  • 2 September 2009 05:07, by longo pi

    Excellent, yes this is the kind of news that we Southerners wanted to here a bout Jonglei progress, but not cattle wrestling, youth fightings, killings, and not all the time caws,caws,caws. We are fed-up from such cattle wrestlings news.

    Education will bring people to understand the value of human beings,respect of laws, and democratic nature of human being; that a human will be flexible in their natural being, but not coward as some misinterpreted. Behaving inteligently all due to the fruits and results of education.

    Western world develops because they invested the time in human competitions, and promtion of human rights values, and respect and welcome to any new ideas, but not just following the past because of individual influences.

    I am advising any Southerner to accept the callenging situations, and work hard to find a good alternative allways.

    I remember the word of the Governor of Jonglei Kual Manyang as soon as he arrived from USA he said "Americans are hard working people"; on his interview right at the airport. Yes is right : All the western world encourage competency in all their governing systems that is why they became advance countries. So, my fellow Southerners, ladies and gentlement; please be calm and go school don’t waste your time again standing behind caws all the time.

    Engineer/ Longopi

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    • 2 September 2009 07:14, by Jeremiah Mach

      All of the above are talking what they don’t understand or they are not willing to know more about it either, the Institute name after late Dr John was not built to serve him, but was build to serve the interest of the people of Jonglei State by the State government not by the Federal government in Juba, but the most important point is; to honour your leader does not require one to spend billions od dollars to build a monument of him or a great University that may rival Harvard, but require a little you have. no other person who know John Garang better the people of South Sudan, he knows the little we have that is why he led the fight.

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      • 2 September 2009 08:37, by Gatjang

        The school came as an agreement made by former Jonglei governor with a foreign company, you are right about that. But those people above know better than you do, the school collapsed after GOSS took it from the state. Why do Kiir have to appoint Prof. Ayuen? Prof. Aggry did not communicate well with the sponsor owner because he was hoping that Kiir will funded the institution and that why people are pointing figures toward GOSS. Reread the article and see how it collapsed. Sorry, Aggry Ayuen is not a right person for the job and Mr. Kuol can not fire him because he was not appointed by state government.

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        • 2 September 2009 20:42, by Jeremiah Mach

          Gatjang what is your argument now, are you trying to say that the institution collapsed because the GOSS took over or you agree with those who believed that it shouldn’t deserve Dr John’s name beause it is not well built compare to modern institutions we know tody? than you missed the point, what prompt me to comment was the notion that the institution is not standard enough to carry Garang’s name, we don’t need gold to honour our great leaders. i don’t want to debate you about the failure of SPLM led government because i don’t need to, but my question is, in case you may reply; does the Institution deserve to be call in honor of Dr John Garang?

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          • 2 September 2009 23:40, by Gatjang


            That is not the point whether it should be called John Garang or not, but point is how do it collapsed. Management have nothing to do with naming. It is poorly managed between the State government and the GOSS. I say yes, the Institution deserve to be called John Garang, you don’t have to build a golden thing to be named after him, it is something from scratch and build on by good management.

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  • 2 September 2009 09:10, by BUSTA 2

    So sad to wast Dr. Garang name on what his sons/boys have eaten it all.

    If Dr. John Garang was from EQ am sure something nice would have been done in his name but look at these uncivilised people what they have done with the money!!

    Shame on you and shame on those Dr. John Garang left behind.

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 2 September 2009 09:22, by Dinka Boy

      Busta2, if Dr John Garang was from Equatoria as you said, then i think we would be washing toilet in Khatoum.
      Because of weak heart, cowardish.
      My friend did you forget the betrayal that you guys did when we fought Arab. When you see SPLA/M batallion going for the ambuish in most of equatorian townn to attack Arab, your job is to run very quick to juba and said be ready the enemy is comming. That altitudes exist among you EQ.
      Mr D boy

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      • 2 September 2009 10:58, by pol d

        My great Southerner,don’t you guys thinks about those 3 women,oshay,big logic-girl,and busta,the are stupit housekeeper for Arab in Khartoum,they talk in that way,because the losing their position.

        WORD to big-ligic talk about Dinka everyday,you could pray Dinka as your libered,because DINKA knew verywell when joseph Lagu slave most OF EQUARTOIAN to Arab.

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      • 2 September 2009 14:55, by Lotoroboy

        Point of correction,

        The name of the institute is suppose to be JUNGLESE INSTITUTE OF KILLING AND LOOTING OR RAIDING CATTLES.


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        • 3 September 2009 00:29, by julius mowanga

          Building schools,institutes,universities is not enough to eliminate,the infested ignorancy and illitracy in South-Sudan,but educating the SPLA soldiers is more than important to secure the western-democratic venue of our Government GOSS in a long term,that SPLM endorsed as a docrine of governing system.The grads of Dr; John Garang’s Institute,will not emancipate the Jonglei State people from their mental inferor complex,or eradicating the overwhellming perception of Dinka Bor superiority over others,the time they assumes their respected future-jobs and civic service roles.
          Since SPLA is responsible mainly,to secure South-Sudanese ambitions and hopes,creating and maintaining their own Statehood,there should be a standard of Adult Education Institutes,to tackle the education vacuum among SPLA soldiers.Neglecting those soldiers,will result in a catastrophic destinies.We have almost nothing to rehabilitate and enlight our soldiers in a manner adequate to the governing system in GOSS educationally,although we acquire some sophisticated militay hardwares,which requires a higher level of computer-literacy and modern technical English Language skills.

          The alarming issue is the Moldovan lecturers,whose teaching language is not English,which will cause confusion among the students and will definitely,lead to dissatisfactory results,and waste of financial budget of the Institute.It could be far better if GOSS,or the State of Jonglei,contracted lecturers from South Africa,Zimbabwe or even Kenya.

          I don’t understand how come,GOSS failed to properly financing such a memorial institute of our Messaiah Dr; John Garang??/!!!

          Peace out

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