A Unity State oil company staff at one of the oil wells. [Gurtong| File]
By Misuk Moses Mule
JUBA, 04 September 2012 [Gurtong] - “Hundreds of thousands of families in South Sudan, our economy, our security as a nation depend on oil revenues and will for many years to come. The only way to prevent corruption in a system with such a massive and rapid movement of oil and wealth is to be absolutely open in our affairs,” said Chuor Deng Mareng, an advisor in the ministry while reading a statement from the minister at Nyakuron Cultural Center.
He said that the South Sudanese constitution explicitly states that resources belong to the people of South Sudan. In this regard, he said it’s the right of the citizens to know how the money is managed.
Nevertheless, he said that both his ministry and the government of South Sudan are fully committed to openness, honesty and full disclosure of our affairs to public scrutiny.
According to the advisor, his ministry is committed to transparency and accountability in all aspects of petroleum activities including payments and revenues.
He cited the role of civil society in the fight against corruption in the oil and mining sector.
However, Mareng said that the country has a long way to go adding that passing of the petroleum bill is just the beginning and that there is need to ensure proper implementation and enforcement.
The ministry’s statement comes just hours after the members of the civil society organisations in South Sudan had called for transparency and accountability in the management of the county’s oil sector.
Juba and Khartoum are expected to seal a deal on oil that may lead to resumption of oil production in South Sudan. The oil procuction was shut down early this year.