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South Sudan’s Upper Nile Governor challenges youth to combat poverty

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By Ngor Arol Garang

July 27 2011 (JUBA)- Simon Kun Puoc, governor of South Sudan’s Upper Nile State on Wednesday challenged youths to help government efforts in combating poverty and cultivating a culture of peace and reconciliation.

Kun made comments in an interview with Sudan Tribune at Juba International Airport upon his return to Malakal, capital of Upper Nile State.

“The youths of greater Upper Nile region must change their attitude otherwise other parts of the country will develop except us,” he said, stressing the need for the youths to pull their weight together to work.

The leading member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) decried as “sad the fact that even edible fruits in South Sudan[’s] forests such as banana[s] and guava[s] are being imported and sold to people by foreigners.

“Our youths did wonderful thing during liberation struggle. Majority of our youths joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement at the time of its inception and contributed until the peace was signed. It was their contribution which brought the peace”, said Governor Kun arguing that youths should now turn the spirit of liberation struggle to development.

The governor urged youths to work hard for their parents, underscoring that this will pay great dividends. He told farmers not to be discouraged by impressions being given that there will be little rain, dismissing it as unfounded. South Sudan’s rainy season begins in April and ends in November.

He commended women for playing a very pivotal role in reducing household poverty, saying that they are active all year round in agriculture, with proceeds from their efforts used to pay their children’s’ school fees.

Governor Puoc noted that despite all their hard work, "women are also the ones in the kitchen; they do the laundry, and even sometimes feed the entire family". He urged the men to emulate them and concluded by reiterating his message to the youths of the region, imploring upon them to rely on themselves for their livelihood rather than begging and other similar things.

The SPLM official is one of the first high ranking officials to join South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit in calling on young people to take the lead in addressing hunger. While challenging the youths to embark on food production, he maintained that agricultural production is what will salvage the citizens in terms of food and ensure that poverty is eradicated in the country.

The SPLM official also used the interview as an opportunity to discourage tribalism and the cultivation of mistrust between sisterly tribes in the state. Governor Puoc said he wants to stamp out the tribalism from the area.

He recalled that not long ago the government of Upper Nile State seized a lot of weapons held by those he described not permitted to hold arms in the town, and urged community leaders to join efforts at fighting "the menace". He warned against people bent on inciting unrest, especially at this time when the country needs concerted efforts for development.

The state’s top official finally urged the locals in the area to be vigilant. He heaped praises of achievements on the administration of Salva Kiir, saying he brought numerous infrastructural developments to remote areas.

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  • 28 July 2011 05:59, by Naath

    Good aknowledgement Mr. Govornor, empowerement always deserved.....empowering the youth now will make the different in Upper Nile. Youth will know that you never foreget about their being there keep it up it will help you on the development.

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    • 28 July 2011 07:34, by Land-of-Cush

      He is the helpless governor that I never seen in south Sudan. He talk in the media to show president Kiir that he is a hard worker Governor since he was the first governor that warned to be reshuffle, according to the powers given to president to remove the elected state governor. This man got nothing in his brain; but wasting public money and no development in state at all. The mad in Malakal is already overhead why no road infrastructure?
      His blame and appreciation on youth and women doesn’t reflect the development of state.
      But I got no any some advice to such a kind of governor that never seek any advices from other.

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  • 28 July 2011 06:59, by Kon Ajith Deng

    This interview is good for the people who don’t know Governor Simon Kun Pouc,he will not do any thing in Upper Nile,he is here to share money of the people of Upper Nile with his relatives,specially his family,don’t chellenging youth for nothing,but you are supposed to talk about security first,around Malakal is not secure,there are looters,cattle raiders and robbers in Upper Nile,you must to stop them first

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  • 28 July 2011 11:16, by Gatluak Manguel

    All you are saying is nonsence. You are the very useless corrupt governor i have ever seen in Upper Nile State. You are a curse to the people of Upper Nile. We the people of Upper Nile in general and Nasir community in particular do not blame you because what you are doing now is exactly what we expect from you. That was the reason why we voted you out. But SPLM brought you as a punishment to the people of Upper Nile. Stop telling lies. You have not done anything and our beatiful Malakal is now the durties town in South Sudan. Under your leadership, Upper Nile State is now 1000 miles behind other States in development. you are useless person who had never fired even a single bullet during the war. you were bussy running after NGOs.
    I hate you, you are good for nothing, stop talking shits. just loot our resources and sleep like a pregnant dog.

    cuer mi wum-thuny!!!!

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    • 28 July 2011 12:20, by dakin

      Yep Gatluak,

      People like Kun Puoc are the most advance and telling symptoms of what personality a man Kiir mayar is!
      Oh my word, this man Kun Puoc who does not know how to address the public in the first place, even a five year old child can not elect him to a political post in Upper Nile.
      Jobs are freely available to his unqualified clan’s men in the State.
      Shouldn’t he first denounce clanism before boldly and shamelessly coming to the media to talk about TRIBALISM!
      God save your people!!!

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    • 28 July 2011 22:00, by Naath

      Gatluak, you need to respect Nuerism. Dont be like Stupid Marco who just killed Gatluak Gai in unity state. Let me reassure you about this. state govrnorship of Simon Kun, is now counted on Nuer leadership. So please create somethings that will help Simon Kun to be good leader because on your leadership tomorrow he will do the same.

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    • 28 July 2011 22:05, by Naath

      Let me repeat myself Gatluak, I don’t what age group you are, but I dont believe that you are the same as Simon Kun. I am supprisingly about your last word "Chuer Mi Wum Thuny" doest this really come out of your mouth? let me know before i jump into my conclusion about you brother. Serousely i am about to cry if you are from Nuer.

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  • 28 July 2011 17:54, by PPT The Great

    It is a very good initiative from the Governor of Upper Nile State, i appreciate him so much. this we need not only to rely on office work we need to mobilize our way of survival by many means. Let youth feel inspired by getting that wonderful encouragement from the Governor, we need to come up with many projects to help our city and ourselves.we can easily be known by our hardworking and develop a good name what so call YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR.

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