The governors’ forum, which started on Monday in Juba, discusses the states’ role in implementing the revitalized peace agreement.
The five-day, 5th governor’s forum brought together states delegates and three areas chief administrators to discuss.
The first vice president of the republic, Dr. Riek Machar, called on the governors and three areas chief administrators to work with recently reconstituted states assemblies to incorporate the agreement into their respective state constitutions.
“I am hoping that you, the state government, should begin to think in trying to review your constitution for it to conform with the transitional constitution amended,” said Dr. Machar.
He told the governors to protect the peace agreement and ensure not dragged back to conflict. He said that despite the peace agreement, inter-communal violence and child abduction is destabilizing some areas.
He says the forum will help governors address challenges facing the states and encourage them to implement the reform stated in the peace agreement.
The governor of Eastern Equatoria state, Luise Lobong, says the forum is a good opportunity for the governors to discuss the challenges facing people at the grassroots.
He said the forum shouldn’t be for states leaders alone but a collective responsibility of all government levels to participate and implement the outcome.
“I wish the leadership of this country attend this kind of briefing so that they make policies resolution on it.”
Lobong said there are very few resources that go to the state’s government. “We don’t know even what percent of the total revenue goes to the states,” said Lobong.
He said that if such a forum is used to decide and allocate a percentage of the total budget that can go to the state help elevate the lives of people in the rural areas.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Residence Coordinator Dr. Samuel Gbaydee Doe said the forum would strengthen inclusive governance as the country accelerates the revitalized agreement implementation.
“The forum provides a platform for the ten governors and three chief administrators to interact H.E the President and the national government to reflect on the progress of peace implementation.
The forum was organized by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and the UN development program.
The Governor’s Forum was initiated in 2006 before South Sudan gained independence in 2011.