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Work to progress on the 67 km Juba-Nimule Road


By Richard Ruati

January 23, 2010 (JUBA) — Work is to vigorously progress on the section 3 (67km) of the 192 km Juba-Nimule highway of the project that will transform the congested route into the long-anticipated tarmac highway.

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Juba-Nimule Road (by R. Ruati)

The GOSS Minister of Transport and Roads has announced that "Eyat Company is clearing to make way for the 67 km section between Juba city Road and Nimule. That section of the project traverses via three (3) of the seven (7) new bridges that connect Juba and Nimule to neighboring Uganda."

USAID is funding the progressive road construction project, implemented by Louis Berger Group, under Task Order 2 of USAID for the Sudan Infrastructure Services Project (SISP)

The (SISP) websites says that, it provides critical public infrastructure and related activities throughout Sudan that support the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the development of Southern Sudan. This assistance is made possible by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.

SISP activities are implemented by The Louis Berger Group, Inc. under a five-year Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) with an estimated completion date of September 30, 2011. Through the SISP IQC, USAID may award a series of individual Task Orders with a total value up to the ceiling value of the contract ($700 million USD).

Funding for this contract is provided from USAID’s annual budget appropriated by the United States Congress.

Working in collaboration with the Government of Southern Sudan, SISP provides support for a full range of physical and institutional needs, capacity building, developmental assistance, institutional strengthening, and sustainable infrastructure development in four principal sectors: Transport, Urban Development / Water and Sanitation, Energy and Natural Resources and Public Buildings.

Speaking at the end of 6 hours long tour of Juba-Nimule road, Anthony Lino Manaka, GOSS Minister of Transport and Road said, "I am happy with the startup progress."

Reliable sources from the Louis Berger Group indicate that "The completion date, subject to verifiable extensions of time, is 30th Oct 2011 for the double bituminous surface treatment seal."

Makana disclosed that, "This road will be the first of its kind in the history of Southern Sudan, since its inception to have gravel or crushed stones linking Southern Sudan and her neighbors," adding that "it is a credit to President Salva Kiir Mayardit and to the people of Southern Sudan."

Makana recognizes and thanks the principle donor by the Institution of USAID and its people for what he terms as "their generous support" to build roads in the war devastated region of Southern Sudan.

“GOSS does not believe anymore on Murram roads, we want to give special treatment on sealing of our roads, we want if possible to seal all the roads in southern Sudan if we acquire enough funds,” the minister assured the public.

He further explained that, “the importance of the Nimule-Juba road when completed is it will make it easier for travelers to travel between Juba-Nimule within 2 hours and 45 minutes. Goss would like to make life easier for the people so that, the southern Sudanese people can establish quick economic growth, as a policy of GOSS burrowed from late Dr. John Garang, taking town to the rural areas.”

The 22-year civil war in southern Sudan resulted in massive destruction of constructed roads, leaving the region with deplorable road infrastructure. A landmark peace agreement was signed in 2005, giving southerners greater say in developing their own region, and paved roads are paramount for the development of southern Sudan.

Elections are due in April this year and next year will witness the referendum vote which will determine one Sudan or a separate nation for southern Sudan.

Analysts say roads’ infrastructure will help to facilitate the smooth conduct and logistical activities of the crucial CPA component of referendum.


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  • 24 January 2010 04:38, by mathem jech amer

    But are Those of BUSTA 2, Taposa Boy, Thieling, Kim Deng & Gatwech not going to attack and loot commercial vehicles on those roads. These are well known for their robbery and theft.

    A lot of majur-moi are found there.

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  • 24 January 2010 05:10, by James John

    That is what people want to see happening and I think it’s remain the "FILA DAM" in Nimule that will supplies electricity all around Southern Sudan.

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  • 24 January 2010 05:27, by Angelo Kumuko

    We appreciate the energetic minister and the American people through the implementing partner Louis Berger Group for the ongoing Juba-Nimule road construction.

    The Government must collect taxes on that road toward maintenance of such roads.

    Attn: Mr. Richard Ruati, in fact we the Southern Sudanese people are proud of your professional journalism, you have talked and covered all the bad and developmental issues in your State and now being extended to other states, may the Living God bless the womb of your living mom.

    We do understand the bad things your family went through during the last riots in Yambio, but it is a challenge for a young journalist like you, keep it up we are behind.

    Tell the American people we need more more for the various roads in Southern Sudan

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  • 24 January 2010 08:51, by Time1

    This is a nighly ambitious project when completed will see a big change in the economic performences of south sudan,it will also be a catalyst for major roads all acorss south sudan connecting every town, high appreciationg goes to USAID, GOSS ministry of transport, Loius berger groups and Eyat.

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    • 24 January 2010 09:12, by Gabriel K

      Bravo that is what we want to hear in South Sudan, great thank to American company

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