Unity State Chiefs Raise Concerns Over Lack Of Services

Chiefs at Rotriak Payam of Rubkona County say their situation around the oil field is deteriorating. [Luk Riek Nyak]

The chiefs at Rotriak Payam of Rubkona County led by paramount chief John Khan said they have been there for longtime and their children are not studying because there is no school, no health care center and clean drinking water.

“The company is providing water on weekly basis and we don’t have water containers to store our water and that forced us to use this water around,” said the paramount chief of Rotriak Payam of Rubkona County John Kham.

“We are requesting the Company (GPOC) to supply us with empty container, we also want a school to be built before we are forced to leave this areas as the government and the company are planning to reallocate us to New Budang, “ he said.

Chief Martha Nyajuana Chan said that the government and the Company are in talks to relocate them but nobody had consulted them.

“We are ready to move to another safe area of our choice in a condition, we need school, water, roads and hospitals and we also need our houses to be built in concrete, if our requirement are not consider, we will not leave this place unless by force,” he said.

The supervisor of Community Development fund Mr. Philip Mamuon Chap said they have discussed the issues of relocation with the County authority and we forwarded the entire requirement to Juba for approval.

He said the department is working very hard to put in place all the Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSO).

“We have started that by construction 25 boreholes at the Northern Counties of the State that is Mayom, Abiemnhom, Pariang, Rubkona and Guit County and five in Tonj East in Warrap State and we are moving ahead to provide more services to the local community,” he said.

Unity Oil Taskforce and researchers from the University of Juba found that the situation of the local communities living around the oil field is deteriorated and need urgent intervention from the government and the oil companies.

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