Development Partners follow proceedings during the launch of the Eastern Equatoria State Development Plan. [Gurtong/ Peter Lokale Nakimangole]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 13 May 2012 [Gurtong] – The 14-page development plan covers five key areas of security (SSP 34,120,000.00),good governance (SSP 31,200,000.00), food security (SSP 34,800,000.00), infrastructure (SSP 168,837,700.00) and social services (SSP 92,000,000.00), totalling to SSP 360,957,700.
Besides the 2012/13 Development Plan, the Governor unveiled his state investment plan showing strategies aimed at creating an enabling environment to investors.
Governor Lojore revealed that in 2010, the State Government identified the five key development priorities to quickly respond to the development needs of the people.
The function was attended by development partners, foreign embassies and international non-governmental organisations.
He informed the gathering that the 21 years of the liberation struggle was sustained in Eastern Equatoria State, leading to the destruction of the limited social services, infrastructure and mass displacement of population and destruction of social fabrics.
He disclosed that his Government is now also seeking to develop and enhance the institutional social service delivery capacity so to improve the livelihood of the vulnerable groups.
“In the recent past, over seven thousand returnees have arrived in the state putting pressure on meagre social services especially at the counties. So, it is against this background that this development plan has been drawn to address the key priority areas to foster economic development and provide basic services to the people of EES”, he said.
He elaborated that the EES 2012-13 Development Plan is derived from the State Strategic Plan 2012/2015 through a wide range of consultations with key stakeholders across the state and counties which culminated into result-based Plan.
“The Plan is a community driven working document that seeks to address critical development gaps for optimum service delivery and socio-economic development. With the support and intervention of our development partners of the critical gaps highlighted in the priority areas above; the security situation will improve, food insecurity will be addressed and livelihood will improve, acceleration of delivery of social services and the institution capacities enhanced. Eventually the investors will be attracted and the private sector will develop leading to sustainable economic development and creation of jobs for the youth in the State”, said the Governor.
The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr Riek Machar Teny who was accompanied by Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs Aggrey Tisa Sabuni commended the state Government for remarkably making a step forward towards positive development by adopting practical blue prints.
“I would wish to replicate this plan to other states. I doubt they have it like this. The SSP 360 million presented by the Governor sounds practical and genuine. The question remains where we shall get the entire funding from to meet all the cost. The National Government can also support you with conditional grants to cater for other expenditure on top of Salaries”, he said.