By John Actually
April 16, 2011 (BOR) – The South Sudan Hotel in Bor has been declared open in a ceremony conducted on Friday, April 15.
- Deputy Governor Maar Nyuot addressing the gatherin as the South Sudan Hotel appears on the left (ST)
The opening ceremony was attended by Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk, Deputy Governor, Hussein Maar Nuot, all cabinet ministers, advisers and Commissioner of Bor, Maker Lual. South Sudan musicians John Kudusay, James Akur Kuei, Panchol Deng Ajang, Garang Ngarjok and James Garang Dut performed at the ceremony.
School recited poems calling up on youth, government officials, position holders and women to stop corruption, laziness and drinking of local and modern alcohol in excess, asking them to develop the South Sudan ahead of its independence in July.
In January South Sudan voted to secede from the north in a referendum agreed as part of a 2005 peace, which ended over two decades of conflict.
Musicians, Akur Kuei, John Kudusay, Garang Alier played new songs for development, praising the current government of South Sudan for bringing South Sudan to her full expected destiny, independence. Young people took part in dances from on Friday and Saturday night.
Deputy Governor of Jonglei state, Hussein Maar welcomed the development initiated by South Sudan Hotel’s management saying the hotel has now finished at the critical time where its services are needed.
Marr said Jonglei state will have enough rooms and quality services to host South Sudan guests and other African dignitaries who will attend the 28th anniversary of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) – the movement which fought Khartoum from 1983 to 2005 - on May 16.
An army mutiny in Bor was the first act of Sudan’s second civil triggering the establishment of the SPLA. The South took up arms over political and economic grievances as well the implementation of Islamic Shari’a law.
Deputy governor Maar told Ayii Duang, owner of South Sudan Hotel, that money for development is not a waste, asking him to build private schools, technical schools and health centers in Bor.
South Sudan Hotel is a South Sudanese owned hotel chain operating in Central Equatoria State (Juba), Western Bahr El-Ghazal state (Aweil and Nyamlal counties),Northern Bahr El-Ghazal State (Wau), Upper Nile State (Malakal), Western Equatoria state (Yambio), and now Jonglei state (Bor).
South Sudan Hotel whose construction started in late 2010 in Bor has managed to raise four storey building and many accommodation rooms and restaurants in its vicinity.
South Sudan Hotel is a branch of Southern States Corporation for Development and Investment that provides hotel services besides transporting of medicine, schools materials, heavy generators for electricity, cars, building materials and petroleum facilities to major towns in South Sudan and provides youth with technical training on tailoring, carpentry, motor vehicle mechanics and electricity.
Addressing the opening ceremony attendees, Governor Manyang urged the citizens to work hard to meet the needs of growing population in the state, saying poverty eradication and poor development are the next ultimate wars to fight.
Manyang said the first face of the South’s was to achieve independence but now the region must eradicate poverty. South Sudan is one of the worlds least developed regions.
The governor called upon businessmen and external investors to come to Bor saying the Jonglei government and counties authorities are ready to give idle lands to investors to create jobs and develop the state’s economy.
He said the presence of South Sudan Hotel in Bor has promoted Jonglei’s image, adding that foreign and internal dignitaries and presidents of African nations including Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al- Bashir now have a secure and comfortable place to stay in Bor.
Bashir accepted the result of January’s referendum paving the way for secession. Salva Kiir the President of the semi-autonomous region of Sudan will in July, become head of state of the newly-independent Republic of South Sudan.
Before the opening of South Sudan Hotel in Bor, other hotels already existed. Among them are Garden Resort Hotel, Freedom Hotel, White Nile Hotel and Liberty Hotel but South Sudan Hotel has taken a step ahead of other hotels in terms of its capacity and structure and four stories.
South Sudan Business Association chairman, who is also the owner of South Sudan Hotel, Ayii Duang thanks Jonglei government and citizens saying he was asked by Governor Manyang to build a hotel in Bor.
Duang said he is ready to build a standard health center in Bor adding that building materials and technical team are on the ground prepared and ready to start work.