Governor Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro handing over documents and keys of the car to Mary Biba [©Gurtong/ Joseph Nashion]
By Joseph Nashion
YAMBIO, 30th April 2012 [Gurtong]
During the handover ceremony of a Toyota Cruiser car model as a retirement benefit to the former advisor, on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at the State Secretariat, the state governor Hon. Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro said it is honorary for the state to give her the car as veteran.
The governor added that the state government decided to allow her go with the car since it dint have enough to offer in appreciation.
“You were a veteran in this movement up to the time they signed Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and up to date you have been patriotic,” said Bakosoro.
“It will not be honourable to see you walk away empty handed after long serve and patriotism to your nation,” he said.
Biba admitted having served for long and to let the young men and women of the state to step in and take over her position. In her part the former Advisor Mary Biba valued the support of the state government saying she will still be close to the SPLM government.
“I thank the government and all of you for what you have done to me, I'm happy because I will be moving swiftly like any other respected person and all my people would thank you and even the president of the Republic South Sudan,” she said.
Mary Biba served as the first female commissioner of Yambio during the movement from 1999-2005; afterward she was nominated by the Vice President as a Hon member in the State Parliament under the leadership of the Late Governor Samuel Abu John Kabash.
She was then chosen as State Advisor on Gender and HIV by the former Governor Jemma Nunu Kumba and worked with the current Governor until she was relived of her duties in April 2012.