NBG Formed Committee to Investigate Enrollment of non-candidates.

The ministry of education in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state has formed a committee to investigate non-candidate enrollment to standard eight and four classes. The committee comprised of eight members.

First-time enrollment of unqualified candidates in the classes comes after the government allowed the school to open for primary eight and form fourth finalize.

The committee will start work next week Monday. The commission formed will get the facts right and report the finding to the ministry about an alleged schools’ misconduct against education policy.

Astonishing random enrollment surprises the ministry of education, they said their records early this year show that the number of students in senior four is 2,200 and standard eight candidates were 7,000 across the State.

The Director-General in the state ministry of education, Seacer Atem Biojo, has questioned unmatched candidates increases, which he said his office has the lists of qualified candidates.

“After we received some information that lowered classes were allowed to join senior four and primary eight by the administration of some schools, then we formed the committee yesterday. The committee will immediately be tracing noncandidates who joined the classes because we don’t want to encourage such a habit against education policies. And they will be starting their work on Monday next week.”

According to the education official, the number of students registered this year is recorded at the public education ministry. He warned that if additional candidates added should need explanation or school face disciplinary measures.

Atem stated the ministry would not allow students who jump classes to sit for the final exam. This restriction will also be applied to candidates who will avoid attending classes regularly.

“Again, my advice to entire parents who allow their children to jump classes is that ministry would not allow them to sit if found that the student or pupil did not follow classes in the right procedures,” said Atem.

Some school administrators spoke to Akolyom FM denied the report.

Mr. Sylvester Otieno, a teacher at City of Glory Academy in Aweil town, said the schools were given registration forms according to the number of candidates submitted to the ministry early this year.

Sylvester said, “according to our school, we don’t allow such, and the reason we don’t allow such because learning is a process that acquires lots of knowledge. When students jump the classes that affect his/her education in the future,” those who exist in the primary class right now are students who sat for primary seven last year. Admission forms were issued according to the numbers in the schools. Still, those in primary seven were suspended according to the ministry of education’s instruction they will be joining next year. “

Another headteacher from Ariathdit Primary school, Mr. Albino Anau, said that they request report forms from students and pupils to enroll in the candidate classes.

“We used report form of that schools, for example, “if the person wants to join us maybe they came from different schools. We asked for report forms that show the student has completed those classes; otherwise, we are very strict on education policy,” Anau said.

Last two weeks, the ministry of education urged the school’s management to follow the education policy.

Traders condemn security mistreatment against business community.

The Traders in Kapoeta town have condemned the brutal torture by the security personnel over the food commodities increase. Business people complained that securities were criminally beaten due to economic inflation.

State authority and chamber of commerce held a talk on Thursday to stable price increases in the market. The security department was accused of taking money from traders as fine “for raising the prices”.

Anonymous traders said, “we have do mistakes we should be corrected in accordance with the law. Beating people is unlawful behavior”.

“What we are condemning the abuse as the business community. The issue of the dollar is automatic if the dollar is down prices should also reduce down, there is competition in the market”.Traders stated.

Traders empathize, that unlawful crack-down is not a solution, but an act of aggression against the business activities.

The Secretary-General in Kapoeta County David Eriga has confirmed that he is aware of the incident. He said the alleged security mistreatment of business people is against human rights.

‘’We have apologized for what has happened currently even in school general this issue corporal punishment is not there. The entire world lashing is something which is outdated even now even in the police if you are torcher a person so that they give you information going to the court that will not be taken consideration’’.Eriga said.

The Police department also confirmed security personnel illegal operation last Saturday. M. General Adil Juma Ramadhan explains that the security personnel has commanders who instruct them on what to do, but others abuse the orders and do their own things.

“This issue happened on Friday and Saturday, everyone was tortured and taken some fine, and this is the problem with security. They need to cooperate. You can send your security to do one two three, but there he or she will do something else’’.He explained.

He is urging the traders to cooperate with the security personnel to avoid similar problems in the future.

Lakes State dismisses the report of killing in Mayath.

 Lakes State authorities has denied report of five people killed at Mayath payam in Cueibet over the weekend. Some media reported that five traders were killed, and 75 cows raided in the area on Saturday.

Zachariah Mameber Thokagor is the secretary general of Cueibet County in Lakes state. He said the report of five people killed is not accurate. 

He told  Mingakaman FM, in Awerial that cattle traders were ambushed at Mayath, which resulted into 75 cattle looted and one of the herder injured.

Mamer said they are searching for the suspects to bring them to book and recover the looted cattle. 

“The report of people killed is not true. No one died. only one person was injured, five cows killed in crossfire, and 76 cows raided” said Mamer 

One of the traders who fell in the ambush Goi Ghai Goi also said none of his colleagues  killed during the attack.

Goi said one of his colleague who was  injured is now receiving treatment in the hospital in Rumbek.

Adding the other four members are now in  Cueibet to follow up on the raided cattle.

He said they were moving as a team of traders from different states that include Jonglei, Lakes, and Warrap plus government soldiers who were escorting us, but no one is dead in the incident, “said Goi.

Many traders use the road from Wau to Juba for a better market to sell their cattle.

200 fistula patients to be operates without cost in Aweil.

The administration of Aweil Civil Hospital has announced the operation treatment for two hundred fistula patients. Free operation is scheduled to be started next week at Aweil’s main Hospital.

Fistula is a permanent abnormal passageway between two organs in the body, mostly caused by complicated delivery. The UNFPA organization supports the program through the International Rescue Committee (IRC) organization.

Luka Lual Aleu is the Health Education focal point at Aweil’s main Hospital. He said the registration exercise for the patients was commenced on Tuesday this week. And the medical experts who will do the operations are expected to arrive soon from outside the Country.

“On 26th October, we will begin with the operations, so the doctors are expected to arrive in Aweil within this week. The IRC will bring in the doctors and that the targeted number is around 200 people, they will be operated and provided with feeding services and transport services” Lual said.

A fistula patient who requested anonymity has welcomed free treatment. The patient said that she has lived with the disease for more than fifteen years. And she can’t afford any treatment.

“I didn’t expect ever to receive treatment so that I can be healthy like other people, last time people were registered and receive treatment. But when I heard about it, I came to Aweil. But the operations were already done, and I missed out, which disappointed me a lot. I have spent two months here waiting for the free treatment, and my sister will be happy if all goes well. When I receive the treatment properly, then I will be much happier and normally live again. This disease is not a good one.” she said.

A beneficiary who was successfully operated in the past has encouraged all women suffering from Fistula to grab the opportunity. She added discrimination of Fistula Patients in the community was difficult to bear with.

“If I was not treated and people continue pointing at me that she has come because I used to be dirty and smelling, then I would have killed myself. But if God came and helped to get operated freely of charge, then I have nothing to say, although I will not give birth again, my few children will give birth to me,”

Early this year, the Hospital has suspended the operation plan for fifty people with fistula cases in Aweil was suspended due to COVID 19 travel restrictions globally.

MP condemns arrests of youth protests in Unity State.

A lawmaker representing Rubkona County at the National Legislative Assembly has condemned youth arrests in Unity State.

The security alleged for arrested eight youth members last week over what residents described peaceful demonstration against Greater Pioneer Oil Company- GPOC.

The Greater Pioneer Oil Company is a Chinese oil and gas company contracted by the government of South Sudan.

Youth in Rubkona demonstrated on Friday 16 October, demanding equal employment in the oil sector produces in their area. The authority said the youth was arrested after using violence and closed the company’s gate to address their concerns.

Eight youth members were later released without charge after Governor Joseph Monytuil’s intervention. The youth demanded employment, business support, scholarship, road construction, environmental protection, construction of health centers, and schools.

Hon. Buay Keke Turol, an MP of Rubkona County at the National Assembly. He said youth arrest was unconstitutional. Such action was against citizens’ rights because they used non-violence to raise their concerns to the oil company.

“We want to say that young people deserved opportunities in their country. They deserve to be given opportunities to work and prosper to establish their facilities and provide leadership in this country. This is their right. The government should make sure that such opportunities are provided to the people” he said.

The director of information and communication in Unity State, Kang Bol, acknowledged that Rubkona youth have a constitutional right to raise their demands. But should not be a violent process that undermines the labor law.

Kang blamed GPOC for recruiting people in Juba. He said the company should publicly advertise the vacancies so that citizens applied. Recruiting people in the national capital and bring to the field without considering people in the oil-producing area is a mistake.

“Well, you know peaceful protest no one should stand against it even the state government does not stop anybody from claiming his or her rights. But, why the security arrested them was the action they have taken. We mean by the peaceful demonstration by putting your demands or your complaint in writing and then presenting to the company’s authority. And another sector saying this is our demands,” Kang stated.

In June 2020, the national staff working in GPOC have demonstrated in Unity State against its policy. They said it is discrimination against national workers by the oil consortium.

The GPOC was quoted denied any wrong-doing. They rejected and condemned unfair discrimination or ill intentions towards National Employees.

CTSAMVM calls peace partners to control internal army defection.

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism [CTSAMVM] has called the Unity government to control internal military defection. Ceasefire monitors were such concerns about senior army officers changing allegiance within TGoNU while the parties are implementing security arrangements before the unification of forces. 

In September, a General from SPLA-IO Moses Lokujo defected to the SSPDF, which was seen as a false indication of the agreement. The parties to the agreement were urges to discourage unlawful activities from stopping putting the deal at risk. 

On Monday, CTSAMVM has discussed the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement in Juba. Parties’ representatives attended the talk. The discussion highlight concerns on the recent clashes among the SPLM-IO forces after a general switched to the SSPDF in September. 

The monitoring body urged the parties to adhere to the revitalized agreement, stop the violence, and bring non-signatories on board.

Acting Chairperson of the Ceasefire Transitional Council, Gen. Dafalla Hamid Mohammed, says defection should not be allowed to weaken the agreement’s implementation.

There was significant violence involving the reported change of allegiance of Maj Gen Moses Lokujo from SPLM/A-IO to SSPDF, which resulted in violent clashes in the area of Moroto on 7, 29 September and 4 October between SPLM/A-IO and forces loyal to Maj Gen Lokujo.” Hamid me mentioned.

Mohammed appreciated the parties’ commitment to resolving clashes in Moroto amicably, which he believes such development can jeopardize the Peace Agreement.

The Representatives from oppositions who are parties to the peace agreement include the SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and Former detainee are urge the Unity government to stop welcoming people defecting from one party to another.

General David Nyang is from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance –SSOA. He said the Unity government should discourage internal defection as time is close to unifying the army under one command.

The season of migration or changing allegiance from one party to another is over. It doesn’t make sense that a military group moves from one party to another that could trigger a big problem. We have only days, weeks, or months to have one unified army; we wonder where are they going? We urge the leadership this practice should be discouraged,” He said.

The SPLM-IO has called for willingness from the parties to graduates the unifying forces. It warned that soldiers would leave training centers if not graduating in a few weeks or months due to unfavorable situations. The troops are seen losing truth after many promises have not been implemented.

Brig General. Andrea Mangu Adora said the graduation of unifying forces is a symbol that could create hope of peace for South Sudan. 

“Our unify forces in the training centers their situation are difficult too tough, and to talk about it have become monotonous. We urge the concern to have the willingness to graduates and deploy the forces that are in the training centers right now, so that we may create hope of peace in the heart of our citizens,” Gen Mangu said.

The former Incumbent transitional government of National Unity [ITGoNU] ‘s representative at CTSAMVM urged the parties to double their efforts to implement the peace agreement’s provisions. Maj Gen. Rabi Mujung echoed the calls to make the officers defecting accountable, cautioning that such acts could destabilize the country’s security.

He explained that“changing of allegiance emerged after the signing of the agreement and we have been seeing it from time to time. I see it as something that we cannot encourage since we had agreed that all the fighting forces would be unified into a national army. I quite agree with some recommendations from colleagues that such practices have to stop, and those who are involved in causing insecurity should be accounted for.”

According to the peace monitors, the pre-transitional task and cantonment activities includes registration of forces, have not yet complete. The revitalized agreement is the only hope to bring durable peace to South Sudan. 

Minister of Health Toured Aweil to Access the COVID-19 situation.

The national minister of health arrived in Aweil for a two-day visit to assess the health condition and  COVID-19 center.

She was received by the Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal  Hon. Tong Akeen Ngor with her delegation on Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with Akol Yam FM, Minister Elizabeth Achuei Yol said her mission is to assess health facilities and listen to medical workers’ conditions.

Aweil has one COVID-19 center known as Light House. It was established as an isolation center to keep coronavirus patients.

Achuei said  that the data she will collect would be used to improve health conditions.

“I came here to assess what I will manage to support the local communities in terms of health. I have already seen that there are few health officials. There is a lack of drugs. I want to add that women don’t lie if I accept to work on one thing, then I will ensure. If I see that there is nothing of my capacity, then I will not promise. Minister Achuei said.

She said that she alone can’t do anything without support from the top leadership to improved health situation in the country.

I am a minister, I have my bosses, and if they are not willing to support the plan, then it cannot happen,” said Achuei.

 Adding that this is  why many top officials may be seen as liars when they make promises which they don’t keep.

She also said that her ministry proposed wages increase for the health workers in the upcoming budget submitted to the cabinets for approval.

Some health officials in NBG state expressed concern about the shortage of medical workers at their facilities.

John Agany Deng is the director at the state ministry of health.

He said that they have challenges ranging from  low payment and irregular drugs supplies to health facilities in the state.

He also said they do not have mean of transport to  visited remotes health facilities in the state.

Adding that even the frontline health workers haven’t been paid any incentives in the fight against coronavirus.

Agany said that he hope that the minister of health will address some of their concerns which she has seen  here.

Other health workers spoke about prioritizing service delivery to the people.

Northern Bahr el Ghazal recorded 11 positive cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic begins and all are discharged.

Three people have been arrested in Aweil for Illegal land Auctioned

Authorities in Northern Bahr el Ghazal said they have three officials in police custody accused to have illegally sold public land. The accused are staff from the state ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development. It’s not clear how many plots they have sold out.

The Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state Hon. Tong Akeen Ngor said he is dismayed by the allegation of mismanagement. Saying “it disregarded the law”. 

Akeen said the illegal allotment of land is a fraud that has causes a lot of concerns from the public. Adding that his government has received more complaints from the community.

He said the suspects will be arraigned in court to face justice on their illegal land dealing.

Stephen Ajook is the director-general in the ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.  He said the three staff that have been arrested are employees of the ministry but they acted in personal capacity and were not directed by anyone  in the ministry.

“We are aware that the police have detained some of our staff; what happened is that they are accused of selling public lands and they were caught red-handed last week.”Said Stephen.  

He said that a case has been opened against the individuals and will proceed to court.

Adding that currently they are not surveying any land, and there are no empty plots that the Ministry can sell out.

Some of the community members who spokes to Akol Yam 91 FM said those  officials have caused many land problems in the State.

They said that the people who have been arrested are the same people you deal with when processing land documents in the ministry of infrastructure.

Deng Majok is one of the youth representative in Aweil. He said that they want the government to established a digital filing system that can help detect any duplications of plot.  

Majok said that having a database system will prevent land fraud from individuals who erase other people’s names in the public record”.  

Some residents in Aweil blamed the  ministry of physical infrastructure and rural development as the cause of many land disputes in the State.

Kapoeta: Kuleu Lights Academy postpone school opening.

The Kuleu Lights Academy’s primary administration in Kapoeta, Eastern Equatoria has postponed school reopening this week for standard eight candidates over financial constraints. The school administration has rejected the operational burden without cash to pay teachers.

Students saw the postponement of school reopening as a worse move that will affect over 30 candidates who will risk missing classes before they sit their final national exam in December 2020.

Two weeks ago, the ministry of education announced the reopening of schools across the country. In March, the government has closed down all schools due to the coronavirus outbreak that has affected global activities.

The school director said they needed money to pay teachers and institution operations. Now learners are worried about their future to catch up with lessons. The administration claimed they had made an arrangement of increasing school fees to 27,000 pounds this year, but parents disagreed.

Pastor James Lokuuda confirmed that they had taken a unanimous decision. The school will remain close this year until their demands are met. He urged the candidates to get enrolled in other schools.

“We have decided we postpone the opening of the school to next year because we cannot afford it. There is no money to pay the teachers or even feed them the normal breakfast and lunch that they get from the school. We can’t do that. And also we may recommend them because now they are not coming. If anyone who wanted their child to get into school this year, they can take them to Kotome primary because Kotome is also a good school or even to Kapoeta day”.

Parents were dismayed by the administration’s decision. They suggested the school be open and pay the school fees slowly.

“This is wrong because the schools were declared to reopen. If they wanted money to be paid more than twenty, now if these students will remain home, they will get spoils. Many of them will enter the markets; others will become drunkards. Lokkuda cannot decide this, let him call parents to come for a meeting. Let him collect this money slowly up to next year because this is the same year that these learners paid. Parents have just started collecting little money for this pupil to return to school”.

The students urge the school’s administration to calls for a general meeting between parents, teachers, and students.

“We don’t know the problem why they close, and they heard that they add a lot of fees and parents has to come parent refuses to go to school because of the money that has been added that why the school is close, they need to call the parent and the head of the school he should help school children.

Fuel shortage affects public transports in NBGs.

The business traders in Northern Bhar El Ghazal State say a dramatic increase in fuel price from 200 to 2,000 pounds per one liter has affected the cars and Boda Boda movement on Monday 12th.

The business people were alarm over higher economic inflation in the country. They said fuel rate shoot-up over the weekend has made some people stranded to access the market. They believe such development will cause a rapid scarcity of goods and services.

The Chairperson of Trader’s Union in NBGs, Deng Makol Athian, has warned people to stop selling fuel at a higher price. He advised residents to buy petrol at the legal fuel stations because a liter of petrol costs 500 pounds.

“We are aware of this crisis, but the petrol has not increased. Why do people leave the petrol station and buy from the black market? Those people charge more money, but there is available petrol in one fuel station despite the congestion. We are expecting some oil trucks to arrive at Aweil soon, and everything will return to normal; I want to advise traders to avoid exploiting the public.” Makol stated.

The Boda Boda rider Taban John felt worried about a price increase. “I tried to buy a 500 ml bottle of petrol this morning at 1000 SSP, but I have not got even one passenger today because they are afraid of the price that increased due to an increase of petrol, it seems I will go home with nothing”. 

Ajiing Upeiu had a similar reaction: he appealed to the State government to come up with immediate amicable solutions.  

“Our Government should prioritize basic needs like fuel. Everyone uses petrol differently. I bought a fuel bottle at 1000 SSP, which will not return me home on my bike. It’s tough.”

Some community members say they are afraid of a commodities price increase. They say their families will soon lack food to eat if the economic deflation is not addressed. 

Resident Adut Mawien urged Government to intervene.

“You see, this thing is about the traders, and they want to make abnormal profits without thinking of the public. This morning I came from Mapper to town here at 600 SSP, which used to be 200 SSP. I am just thinking of how I will return home; the Boda Boda will finish the money I might have made in the market.

A government official who demands anonymity says people will not afford public transport due to vulnerability, because many residents have no financial capacity. He explained that his monthly salary is only 3000 pounds. “This money is not paid on time by the government,” he stressed.

“I can afford a liter fuel with 2000 pounds. I came here in the morning to this petrol station, but the station is closed. If I can’t get petrol here to struggle for my children, they will not have anything to eat. We hear that petrol stations have fuel, but they don’t want to give out.”

Last week, Aweil reported severe river flooding that distracted the main roads connects the state capital with its Counties, making it difficult to transport goods.