“Northern Bahr el Ghazal has ranked the best and the most peaceful state among the 10 states of South Sudan due its calm and peaceful relationships within the residents and with neighbours. This does not mean that they don’t have internal problems but they have mature ways of handling them. I wish this could be applied to the rest of the ethnic groups in the new nation”, a representative of the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission Samuel Wel said.
The workshop organised by USAID-funded Winrock International aims at helping local government officials to spearhead peace initiatives as well as promote individuals rights.
It is also meant to help citizens understand their roles as peace builders and their interaction with local authorities.
The workshop brought together State Ministers of Parliamentary Affairs, Water Management and Irrigation and Local Government and Law enforcement Agency, County Commissioners, senior government officials and various state ministries representatives.
The Chief of Party for Winrock International of Sudan Bridge program Ms Lutfiyah Ahmed said her organisation is committed to help the local governments initiate peace initiatives.
“We are giving out these tools of peace building for your best practices and good governance amongst your people especially at the grassroots level. We are glad with the support we are receiving from the state government and local communities”, she said.
She urged the youth, traditional leaders and women to join hands in promoting peace in South Sudan.