Bentiu-Juba Road Construction Is A Priority, Governor Says

Unity State Governor (Right) and Governor of Warrap State during the Governor’s Forum [©Gurtong]

Unity State Governor (Right) and Governor of Warrap State during the Governor’s Forum [©Gurtong]During his presentation at the first Governors’ forum in Juba, the Governor of Unity State Hon. Taban DengGai said that the construction of a road linking Unity State and Juba and the construction of the Bentiu International Airport should be a top priority.

During his presentation at the first Governors’ forum in Juba, the Governor of Unity State Hon. Taban DengGai said that the construction of a road linking Unity State and Juba and the construction of the Bentiu International Airport should be a top priority.

Bentiu International Airport will be located around 13km from Bentiu town the capital of Unity State.

The Government of Unity State also reported that the Peaceful Disarmament of civilians by the SPLA and Security forces was a priority.

“Unity State has so far collected 1,000 illegal arms from civilians in the State’s nine Counties of Abiemhom, Mayom, Pariang, Rubkona, Guit, Koch, Leer, Mayiendit and Panyijiar,” Governor Taban said.

“In security related issues the State has continued to implement the peace conferences resolutions including the presidential Decree No 2088 on the disarmament of the civilians through the Bentiu Declaration which was held between 18th and 19th November 2008 to ensure that our people continue with their daily work without any fear,” headed.

Deng stress that, “Unity State is security prone apparently caused by the divergent interests of many politicians and rebels. Our approach is based on mutual and peaceful negotiations.”

“Though we signed a peace deal with former Renegade Col GatluakGai after a long and protracted negotiations, Col. GatluakGai died after 14 days of signing the peace deal with the SPLA and he is believed to have been killed by loyalists,” he said

Other renegades including KolChara, GaiYoach, BapinyManytuil, Phillip Bepan, Mathew Poul Jang Top and KarloKuol are still operating in the Unity State bushes allegedly being supported by Sudan Armed Force (SAF) Logistically, Taban Deng added.

“They are believed to be operating around Rubkona and Mayom from their headquarters in Timsha, west of Heglig but we are still open for peaceful negotiation,’’ Taban added.

The Governor has further stated  that, ‘”Unity State is committed to continue addressing the issues of economic development as a progress of increasing  per capita income of our people over a long period of time which  including structural changes in Agriculture, Commerce and Industry.’’

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