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S. Sudan to utilise Nile River for development projects


June 24, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan says it will use the Nile river’s water for development projects, stressing its need to produce green hydroelectricity to reduce reliance on generators.

Minister of water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec (ST)

Paul Mayom Akec, the country’s minister of irrigation and water resources, said the country’s generators were environmental hazards as they "emit polluted gas into the air, which is not only dangerous to human health but cause environmental hazard".

The minister said that agricultural demand for water is also increasing.

"Hydro power is the most advanced and economically viable resource of renewable energy for South Sudan", he said, further disclosing the country’s plan to build a dam on the White Nile river.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Monday, Akec said the government hopes to finance the dam project through foreign investment.

The dam, according to Akec, will be built in the Fulla-Nimule area of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state and will help create jobs for the local population.

The power generated from the dam, he said, will equally be available to the local people, with additional water to be used for irrigation. The idea, the minister told Sudan Tribune, has been embraced by inhabitants in the area.

Akec, however, stated that the project will not affect the share of the Nile’s water received by Sudan and Egypt, the two downstream countries.

Members of the Nile Basin Initiative recently agreed at a conference held in South Sudan’s capital Juba to work towards the “optimal use of the Nile Water Resources for development projects”.

“It is the right of any country which depends on the Nile’s Water to use it for development projects provided that it does not affect the rights of other users", he said, adding that efforts were underway to reduce poverty and sustainable socio-economic development of the users.

The minister, who currently chairs the Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) further noted that his country “sees no negative impact” by the construction of the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, only 30kms from the border with Sudan.

Sudan has accepted the findings of an international panel of experts and so has Egypt but only after senior politicians had encouraged the government to take a hostile stance to the dam project.

Addis Ababa has, however, argued that the dam will not effect the flow of the Blue Nile and will benefit neighbouring countries through exported electricity.

“Ethiopia is a member state of the Nile Basin Initiative. It was one of the members which accepted and seriously stressed on the need to respect the right of the other member states which depend or require the use of Nile Water provided that the usage does not affect the other members. We all agreed to an equitable and reasonable share of water resources”, he said.

Last week, South Sudan was the host of this year’s Nile-COM conference; an annual event held on a rotational basis among Nile Basin Initiative countries.

The conference, Akec said, underlined the importance of cooperation as “equal member states” with equal right to the use of Nile’s water resources for sustainable socioeconomic development. He however said no discussions were made on claims that make other member states feel they have the ultimate right to decide on a share the other member states should get from water.

“There was no resolution which gives another member a veto right to a certain share of water resources. There were only six resolutions from the conference. One of the first resolutions was the cooperation between the member states to achieve the shared vision of sustainable socioeconomic development through the equitable utilisation of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin water resources", the minister told Sudan Tribune.

Other issues deliberated upon, he further stressed, were the institutional strength of the Nile Basin Initiative as a strong regional institution offering its member states a platform for dialogue, leadership and technical capacity for basin knowledge and planning, and leadership and technical capacity for the identification and preparation for cooperative water resources management and development.


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  • 25 June 2013 07:37, by Sundayw

    Great idea, bad timing. When Egypt is pissed at Ethiopia for building a gigantic dam on Blue Nile (which accounts for almost 80% of water reaching), it is not a good time to be talking up our plans for the other 20% of Nile waters. Sure, South Sudan has the right to use Nile waters but we should do so quietly and with collaboration with the interested parties.

    • 25 June 2013 07:51, by Peter Mading

      When are you going to do it?

      • 25 June 2013 11:42, by Dau-network

        We need that dam to be built quicker because we GREAT UPPER NILE are vulnerable people from foods caused by Egypt dam built in 1958, it gives us foods a very year.
        We should claims a compensations from Egyptians government every year if know our rights because we SHOULD share advantages and disadvantages of NILE WATER with Egypt and N Sudan.

        • 25 June 2013 11:58, by Dau-network

          Either Egypt and Sudan to pays 4.billions a year or we can deviated water into around around in Nimule to lake victoria, so everything is business either you agreed or lost its benefits.

    • 25 June 2013 10:41, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      You always full of talking only when will you implement your project?please let us be honest to our community particular in the area of development.

    • 25 June 2013 22:36, by Tutbol

      Does the UK with her jews Belzeebubs think they are wanted in places like Africa? Lol. Out of touch intrigues deluded evils. Be friends with your damn hypocracy, bigotism and thievery. The UK and her made up israel have emerged as the fascist countries that look for innocent peoples lives to drink on our earth for their own greed. You are not wanted in Africa hypocrites.

    • 26 June 2013 04:01, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      NO other interested parties but South Sudanese dear man or woman?, sovereign rights is safeguarded by patriotic nationalist like you don’t be liability to your own right to the usage of Nile water. remember our beautiful South Sudanese saying "those who drink from the Nile must always come back to Nile." bear in mind we have been delayed by war, time is right now to talk Nile for you.

  • 25 June 2013 07:56, by Sundayw

    Diplomacy 101 should inform our leaders to sometimes just keep their thoughts in their skulls. It is not an ideal time to be trying to get in the mix of Egypt and Ethiopia. When elephants clash, only the grass suffer.

  • 25 June 2013 08:01, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

    Well done Minister Paul Mayom, it is absolutely a given right for any Country to utilize the Nile Water for its socioeconomic developments, no Country should make itself a Vito power for the Nile Waters usage, although we have so many alternative sources for the supply of water such as water from the rain fall, it remains our right to build a dam to generate hydroelectricity in the Country.

  • 25 June 2013 08:12, by wieu-madiak

    Keep up of doing that.put your implementation

  • 25 June 2013 08:27, by Thon de Agok

    Thanks Hon. Mayomdit.
    This project had been proposed on several occasions yet the commencement is in vain. This project will sustains our environment and promotes the use of available resources like Fulla dam while eliminating the Shortfall of generators like noise, air pollutants, depletion of ozone layout as a long term effect and pocketitiscan be avoided if we shifted to this proposed project.

  • 25 June 2013 08:40, by Gaddfa

    i will only believe it when it happen, sorry for being negative brothers and sisters. but there were so many promises which are existing but non of them have been implemented. our govt should understand that action speak louder then talking. hello somebody need to wake-up Mr. president.

  • 25 June 2013 08:42, by Northern Sudanese

    hahahahhaa first of all, you people can’t even feed halve your people, have highest illiteracy rate , worst health crisis , 90% in poverty , 98% of economy fucked + you are unable with the help of 2 countries to even built a pipeline! yet your speaking about dams? loool you people are hilarious!!!! hahahahaha dam hahahahaha

    • 25 June 2013 12:56, by zulu

      For one inane as you, South Sudanese live in a state of oblivion. But to question you just on the merit your argument that half of our population as the nadir of food security, I may ask, just how many have now died since you have been singing this monotone from last year.
      Look at your society, banning women from sports is just an ignorance in the world. you’v cut women’s clits for?

    • 25 June 2013 14:22, by Paul Chadrack

      This dam will be build when bhar el gazel halt their greedy habits,where will this corrupt minister get money?

  • 25 June 2013 08:54, by good luck

    Action speaked loudy then u may said without action.

  • 25 June 2013 08:58, by Uncle J

    Oil pipeline first not hydro dam. Unless u people from south sudan are forgetting Sudan threat. Jumping from project to project will give us nothing.

    • 25 June 2013 09:47, by Mapuor

      Uncle J
      Hahahahha you are right,priority should be pipe line followed by agricultural schemes which will later necessitate hydro electric power development at Fulla,may be the minister wants to be heard again after a silence of almost two years.

    • 25 June 2013 19:40, by Oppressor

      Uncle J ya idiot what if the south has the ability to do all in one why not it is simple just to ignore the Support of Splm-n & concentrate on south ppl & their own interest with Sudan & you will see within a year the big difference ..

  • 25 June 2013 10:43, by JONGLEI VISION

    Where have you been to utilize the Nile River for development projects since declaration of RSS?
    Plse start the work and we will see, how it will look like.

    • 25 June 2013 11:59, by Agutmajak

      Government bi ta mara no development!

      • 25 June 2013 23:19, by panom lualbil

        Just capture DAVID YAU and secure civilians so that they can cultivated their farms worry-free of traitors like b4. Civilians are jobless and victims of gunmen, we the hell we fought Arabs for?

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