Speech on the Occasion of State Inauguration of Unity State Legislative Assembly

...and the Swearing in Ceremony for the Governor-elect on 17th May, 2010 by H.E. Brig. Taban Deng Gai, Governor-elect, Unity State - Bentiu

Speech on the Occasion of State Inauguration of Unity State Legislative Assembly The Speaker of Unity State Legislative Assembly;

The President of Unity State Supreme Court;
The newly elected Members of the State Legislative Assembly;
Chairperson of Unity State High Election Committee;
Their Excellencies, the County Commissioners;
Representatives of UN Agencies and International Development Partners
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my greatest pleasure to be here today and to take part in this auspicious occasion planned for the official inauguration of our State Legislative Assembly and for the swearing in ceremony of the Governor-elect.

First and foremost, I would like to offer my personal congratulations to the newly elected Members of this August House, particularly on winning the 2010 Sudan’s General elections. May I also congratulate you, Mr. Speaker Sir, on being elected as the Speaker of Unity State Legislative Assembly.

On behalf of the SPLM and on my own behalf, I wish to extend our deepest and sincere gratitude to the people of Unity State who, through their votes, showed their confidence in our leadership by voting for us to represent them in this Parliament. May I also take this opportunity to congratulate other political parties, particularly the Nation Congress Party (NCP), United Democratic Salvation Front (UDSF) and SANU for the gains they made in the recent General elections. I wish to assure all the political parties of our full co-operation on the business of the House and on matters of development.

The SPLM victory in the recent elections confirmed the popularity of the SPLM policies which the people endorsed on the basis of her development records. However, the achievements on the development front would not have been possible without the significant support from our development partners. I therefore commend them for their important contributions.

As we transit from the Interim Parliament created after the signing the CPA in 2005 to people’s elected State Legislature in 2010, the State Government will make a number of changes in terms of her focus and policy direction. While the role of Parliament will remain primarily a law making institution, the new Government will embark on the implementation of the public sector reforms which were initiated in all States by the Government of South Sudan. This will integrate new policy framework aimed at improving the pace of pubic service delivery and efficiency.

To achieve these set of objectives, the State will undertake drastic reform measures which will put greater emphasis on the qualifications and abilities of civil servants to meet specific performance benchmarks based on merits.

With the conclusion of the elections, the next most crucial agenda in the calendar of the Government of Southern Sudan are the 2011 South Sudan Referenda and the Popular Consensus on the critical issue of the Nuba Mountains, the Abiey and the Blue Nile. The GoSS has already laid out the policy framework to guide the planning, programming and the holding of the Referenda on 9th January, 2011 in which we expect our people to make rational decisions or choices that will make them free and accord them the right to live as first class citizens in their own country. In this regard, the SPLM will not play a passive role should the people of Southern Sudan choose separation, but the party will endeavor to safeguard the interest of her people.

The new Government of Unity State, like other states, is expected to play a leading role in making this ultimate historical decision a reality. There is need to be fully prepared for the challenges ahead. This will call for greater efficiency in the management of our public affairs and resources as we seek to create a solid economic base upon which our State can build a sustainable budget reserve support fund.

The role of Parliament in ensuring that our reform package receives adequate legislative support is crucial. Although the last Parliament achieved a lot in introducing new legislations that enabled our State to oversee many development projects, the new Parliament will have to redouble its efforts in coming up with laws that will safeguard our new development initiatives. For instance, the State has major plans for increased food production, enhanced power supply, adequate supply of health services, sustained educational services, improved security, etc.

Finally, I wish to appeal to the old Members of Parliament present here to share their legislative experiences with the newly Elected Members so that together they may combine efforts to meet the expectations of our people as we focus on our post referendum agenda of establishing an independent country. With an elected and effective Parliament already in place, it is my hope that my Government will make legitimate decisions that will promote rapid political and socio economic development for the benefit of our people. 

Thank you and may God bless you all.

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