Activist Calls For Transparent Use Of Oil Revenues

Edmund Yakani, the Coordinator of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO). [Gurtong file]

The government has also announced plans of scaling up oil production in the near future.

The Coordinator of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani made the appeal in a press conference today.

“The government of South Sudan should not follow the system of the various governments of Sudan that existed before the independence of South Sudan from the rest of Sudan,” said Yakani.

“Those governments intentionally hid information about the oil revenue from the public. This is a culture of dictatorial governments that have the fear to be held accountable by the citizens over their decisions, action and behaviours in holding the public offices.”

He further reiterated the need for a single financial account for the oil revenue.

He also called both governments and oil operating companies to adopt conflict sensitive approach in their engagement with communities around the oil field wells.

South Sudan Minister of Petroleum, Mining and Industry Stephen Dhieu Dau last Monday announced government’s plans to scale up production of oil following fruitful high-level talks between President Salva Kiir and Omar Hassan Al Bashir.

The decision followed Bashir’s reconsideration of the decision to lift threats in June of shutting down the flow of South Sudan oil through his country on allegations that South Sudan is supporting rebels fighting his government. South Sudan denied the allegations.

Dhieu also stated that, following resumption of oil production in May this year, South Sudan has so sold 10 million barrels of oil fetching for the country nearly one billion US Dollars.o

CEPO, a national civil society organization applauded the South Sudan government for demonstrating transparency and accountability in the oil revenue management..

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