Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr Riek Machar Teny at a past event [Gurtong | File]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 30 October 2012 [Gurtong] - Dr. Riek Machar said the center will help address the challenge of unskilled labour in the infant nation whose infrastructure was destroyed by the more than two decades of the civil war.
“This center will generate the skills for our young people. It will play an important role of improving human resource in the country,” Machar said.
“This center will help us in the process of transforming the SPLA. Am happy to learn that we are having three vocational centers in Central Equatoria State, one in Wau, Luakluak and in Malakal,” he said.
He said other similar centers are also to be established in Mapel and Torit.
Machar underscored the role played by Japan through JICA in contributing to building the nation South Sudan.
The MTC is currently providing training courses on plumbing, electrical installation, air condition and refrigeration, automotive building and construction.
Atsushi Hanatani, JICA Representative in South Sudan said the center has so far graduated 1,200 students from the different courses.
He called on the government to intensify investment in vocational institution building saying it’s one of the ways of addressing the challenge of unskilled labour in the new nation.
Dr. Machar called for the line ministries to table drafts to standardize vocational training in the country and be added into the school curriculum.
He challenged South Sudanese to avoid the culture of devaluing casual work, saying all professions are equal.