This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Speaking to the media in Bor, Maar, hailed his staff for their effort to make JPR FM go on air though with limited services of three hours a day.
Maar said 98.8 FM will help in promoting peace building, saying there are initiatives ongoing that need a radio to broadcast so that people may come up with positive results.
He says people of Jonglei particularly have a lot of conflicts such as the activities of renegade Yau-Yau which need people’s participation on how peace will be brought to Jonglei state.
He says agencies, companies and the government, need to work together to see that Jonglei is peaceful so that investment opportunities are in the state.
In April, the Acting Director General in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dual Bijiek Gony announced that the Deutsche Welle team supporting Jonglei State radio has proposed the radio to be on air early in July.
Dual said that Deutsche Welle team needs enough time to train the radio staff so that they can be capable of handling the radio assets if the mission goes on as planned.
Dual said they have two gentlemen who are capable and have been working in field of journalism with some radio before. Some journalists from department of the radio were already in the ministry of information before the recruitment of the new staff,” said Dual.
The Acting Director said that the newly recruited 18 people including two directors, reporters and technicians and the TV group will take care of the radio assets, saying that main job for Deutsche Welle is to build the capacity of the employees.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) constructed the premises through the South Sudan Recovery Funds direct from Denmark.