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Rehabilitation of Torit-Katire 20 km road section begins

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By Richard Ruati

August 25, 2010 (TORIT) – A rehabilitation of a 20-km road section from Eastern Equatoria state’s capital, Torit to Katire has kicked off in a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a South Sudan official said.

Minister Otim and USAID officials inspecting improved road, (Richard Ruati/ST)

“Torit-Katire road will provide multi-purpose services ranging from market access/linkages, farming yards and agriculture products such as dairy milk, meat and easy delivery of services to the rural communities,” said the newly appointed Eastern Equatoria state Minister of Transport and Roads, Peter Karlo Otim.

The project is being implemented by the U.S. based Louis Berger Group and a local contractor Rhino star Supplies.

A delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) headed by George Wagwa recently visited Torit to assess the viability of feeder road projects underway by the company.

In a brief meeting held in the Governor’s office, State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore expressed delight over the improved level of support Eastern Equatoria is receiving from USAID. He outlined several successes currently ongoing in the USAID/GoSS feeder road project in Torit County, which he termed as "wonderful".

Lojore said the ongoing feeder road rehabilitation in Torit and Katire will boost agro-economic activities in that part of the state which once served as the bread basket of Southern Sudan.

Governor Lobong further indicated that "these initiatives are bound to bring relief to the state and its people, especially direct beneficiaries of the project".

Two months into the project, employment opportunities has resulted in a 90 percent utilization of the youths within the project area.

In order to maintain the roads that are currently being rehabilitated, Governor Lobong urged USAID to “extend their investment in institutional capacity building so that in the long run, the Ministry will have the technical ability to maintain the network of roads in the state.”

The head of the visiting USAID delegation said he and his delegation are glad to be in Eastern Equatoria and promised to look into the additional road needs requested by the State Ministry of Transport and Roads.

“USAID encourages local communities to monitor and inform USAID on the progress of projects being carried in their areas,” noted Wagwa.

He lamented that, “USAID advocates for rural roads to be maintained using local contractors, otherwise the improved roads will collapse and deteriorate back to their previous status.”

The projects that are expected to be concluded by December 2010 are to rehabilitate 94km of rural and urban roads in Eastern Equatoria.

Solomon Ohide, the local chief of Emilai Boma expressed joy over recent developments.

“I am excited. We have been waiting to see this and now we are now witnessing implementation of an extraordinary road maintenance project which passes through our locality”, Ohide jubilantly said.

“I am very, very happy for the initiative of labor-based road improvement; this community has suffered for more than 20 years, in this most vulnerable and marginalized community.”

He appealed to USAID to earmark more funds for the remaining 14 km that connect to the main urban area of Katire.

USAID head of delegation thanked the community members for their warm welcome.

“This project is funded by the US government as aid support to the Government of Southern Sudan”, explained Wagwa.

He added that, the “USAID team has come all the way from Juba to monitor whether the money earmarked for this project is being utilized in the right way and for the right purpose, and we are happy that it is serving the right purpose, again, the community has shown passion and big interest toward the project.”

(ST)

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  • 26 August 2010 07:53, by thokpiny de Deng de Thokpiny

    I am very happy about how Eastern Equatoria is improving her road network
    this should be an example to other states of Southern Sudan .People must stop fund embezzlement and work for the future

    • 26 August 2010 08:00, by maumau

      We are the last to take such advantage, it started from your state. Let us enjoy our freedom. Bravo USAID, SPLM, EES governor. MAUMAU

    • 26 August 2010 09:50, by Mou Magok

      Warrap and Lakes states what are you waiting for? Itz tym for development.

      Look at Lakes state people will get drown on Rumbek - Yirol roads likewise to Rumbek - Wau via Warrap state, if they are not repair within this month.

      Thanks

      Yirol boy

  • 26 August 2010 11:53, by Adam

    Dear Southerners,

    About 30 years ago it took me 5 hours to reach Katire from Torit. It is a good news that this road is being built. We need to hear news on such good projects more regularly.

    However, I want the readers to know that, it is an USAID project - not GoSS project. The idea, planning, funding, implementation are all American. What SPLM/A did was bringing a local company (Rhino Star Supplies) just to get the commission and eat whatever possible, if not closely monitored. Just watch how fast this Rhino or Hyena company will grow. Hey! Guess whom this company belongs to?

    Thanks America for this important project, please use Asphalt – not plain red gravel only. AND watch the local company carefully.

    Ha! Foreigners are building us roads - a nation!.

    Adam Milawaki, Kansas City

  • 26 August 2010 12:29, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Bravo,the governor of Eastern Equatoria plus the minsiter of Transport for EE Mr Otim,Please you have started development,more should continue do not forgget Torit -Magwi road please,farms in Magwi county are sufffering very much in bring food items to Torit town by biscycle i witness this during my holiday times in magwi County. in 2008/2009.

    OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

    • 26 August 2010 18:32, by Arochthon

      Good initiative for Eastern Equatoria,

      I like to hear that people from Eastern Equatoria have started constructing roads that were all devastated by war, we should not wait for the government to start the work or development in our essential areas of agriculture, to revive Katire Roads is a god project that needs all the government officials in Eastern Equatoria and the Government of South Sudan to work collectively with USAID such that they finished it in time. well and good for that development should it be extended to all the ten states then it will be better.
      I would want to ask the authorities concern with construction of roads in the Government of Southern Sudan, that is it logic for the Government to carry out developmental projects on some sides while neglecting other states ? is it the development for all or the development on expenses of exploiting others? if it is a real development without the intention to appeasing those who could revel against the government then why does the minister of transport and roads fails to construct roads all over the ten states of Southern Sudan equally? should I be in that house of law then that minister must be questioned thoroughly or else faces impeachment otherwise.

      To believe my argument, for one would needs to question the substantiation of this complain, citizens of Jonglei and the whole of Upper Nile are not using roads simply because the road is bad. for one to go to Jonglei or Malakal, he must use a plane which is much expensive to go and visit his/her family So the question asks who is submerging who in GoSS, or does it means that roads in that places will be constructed when South Sudan is totally born? I believe there is something fishy going if not to disadvantage those citizens.

      Back to the discussion of constructions of Katire roads project However, in my perspective, the bigger part of commitment lies on the citizens of Eastern Equatoria because I know they are the only ones that will create insecurity around that place due to lack of transparency and nationalism. During 1992 Katire was a very good place and the only area that was inaccessible to Arabs but the residents of that place complaint that they do not want to see SPLM/A whom they called homeless to remain there and to show their agony they destroyed the old factories that were there which would have helped them by now.

      I urge all those residents to unit this time such that the construction of Roads and other developmental projects be constructed through the creation of conducive atmosphere that can let the works go on successfully and at the end harvest the fruits of their land like the previous enemies of SPLM/A do in GoSS.

      Arocthon

  • 26 August 2010 13:13, by Marco Nyak

    Is this 20km or 200km? i hope is 200km otherwise it will just be time wasting talking about 20km road rehabilitation.

  • 26 August 2010 14:57, by Wal P Muoranyar Biet

    Good job Eastern Equatoria. Make sure you start growing onions in Katire too. During war, when we were defeated in Torit and ran to Katire, we ate those onion for almost a week. Our mouths smelled bad, but we survived.

    Long Live GOSS & SPLM

    Wal Muoranyar Biet



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