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S. Sudan seeks over US$90 million for 2014 census

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By Ngor Arol Garang

February 29, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan announced it was seeking US$99 million in funding to conduct a census, which has been encountering that may prevent the exercise planned for 2014 from taking place.

Speaking at a weekly press briefing in Juba on Tuesday, Isaiah Chol Aruai, chairperson of the National Bureau of Statistics said his commission was facing numerous challenges.

Aruai said as well as the funding, there is an urgent need from government and development partners to assist the commission. He further told journalists that his commission has not received adequate funding from the government.

“If you look at financial allocations since the establishment of this commission in 2006, you will realise that we have always have issues that needs to be addressed with urgency if the government needs quality data and information,” said Aruai.

Aruai blamed national ministry of public services, labour and human resource development for taking too long to complete the employment process for some staff members.

He said his commission was supposed to hire 382 employees but because of the difficulties with funding, the institution is operating with only 266 from which 12 officers, including directors, have have left their posts.

“Half of the population of South Sudan lives below the standard poverty line,” said Aruai, explaining that Northern Bahr el Ghazal state was the most poverty stricken, followed by Unity then Warrap.

Aruai warned of the looming environmental crisis due to deforestation as a result of an increase in the population size. He said 96 percent of the population rely upon firewood or charcoal for cooking stressing it represent a real threat for South Sudan’s forests.

(ST)

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  • 1 March 2012 07:03, by omoni jr.

    HAHAHAHAH.
    HAHAHAHAH.HAHAH,
    North BG,Unity,and Warrap states are the most affected by poverty.
    Where are morons who always talking about oil,oil,oil,?? and stupidly insulted other people from different states,especially Equatorians are abuse because that shit called oil.

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    • 1 March 2012 07:12, by omoni jr.

      Mumor is Dinka man.
      quot"i Don’t comprehend the reason why Equatorians are become happy and supportive about the decision made by gov’t concerning OIL,and yet their land is contain nothing of oil,let the blessed tribes like Nuer and Dinka celebrate the decision."
      What a stupid and childish comment!!!! You can Not segregate the people of south sudan because of your oil greediness.
      Go to hell.

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    • 1 March 2012 07:29, by Dinkawarrior

      Nguendeng is not a Prophet but the Profit! Because we have seen it in many places as Nyamnyam Nuer used it as mean of collecting money in foreign countries. Would you please stop begging in name of your Profit? You bring shame to Southerners in practically,you have been known already as food lovers. You must keep you’re gluttonous in you rather than selling our names through shameful carnival man.

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      • 1 March 2012 07:51, by wang

        Dinkawarrio,even you didn’t deserve this name anyway because there is none of Dinkawarrio exists in the South Sudan. Why the name Nguendeng is bother you to much?

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      • 1 March 2012 10:44, by Ruach

        Dinka looter.A canivalic proof from Gatluak Fanguel about u that he did not hate Nuer/Naath any longer,but his uncle Mangoor and u are still practising the evil acts and crime against humanity.What a joke!I wonder why the gov’t has a plan to relocate the capital City to the dangerous place inhabited by these families.Death to Dinka Dominated Spla,Gatluak Manguel+the rest of canivals who hate Ngund

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    • 1 March 2012 10:34, by John Bharmil

      Why does it matter to know the number of the poor(s)when there is nothing to change the situation.Doing so would just make the Juba government a doctor that treats symptoms and Not the actual disease.I find it important that, if such funds is collectable, it should be used to change their state of livings instead of knowing the actual figures-generally everyone in the S.S is poor including Kiir.

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      • 1 March 2012 10:56, by Ruach

        Haha.My friend.How can u say Kiir is poor?Do u ’ve any information of Food Security,monitoring and evaluation?What about being in power for many years+corruption?It is me and the rest of South Sudanese are extremely poor because pple are using my name as symbol to beg money which will not even reach me.No road from Bor to Akobo,Ayod,Pochalla,Uror,Nyirol,but all Bahr el Ghazal is covered.

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        • 1 March 2012 14:20, by John Bharmil

          Mr/mmiss/mrs Ruach,
          You may be right to put Gen. Kiir in the list of rich people in the S.S. But i put him in the list of looters and thiefs in the S.S simply because, to be counted among the rich, one ought to have own a business that makes him/her rich and Not politics. I just do not know the bench marks use either by the his anti-corruption Commission or the Statistics Bureau to define "wealth

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  • 1 March 2012 07:38, by Madina Tonj

    Ngor

    I think those demanding 90 million are part of corruption, this is why there was about 100,000 missing in their office.$ 90 million can feed the whole nation why should census take such amount if people are not corrupt.?

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    • 1 March 2012 13:56, by Loko El Pollo

      OUR PEOPLE ARE UNEDUCATED,SOME WITH LITTLE EDUCATIONS,BUT NOBODY WANT CULTIVATE THE LAND.WHAT WILL BE THE SOLLUTION TO POVERTY IF YOU DONN,T HAVE SURPLASSES TO SELL IN THE MARKET FOR LITTLE CASH INORDER TO BUY SOAPS,SALT AND DURABLE BLANKETS.YOU FOLKS SHOULD NOT LOOK TO THE GOVERTMENT TO DO ANYTHING FOR EVERONE.MAN UP SO YOU CAN REAP TOO FROM THE PEACE DIVIDENDS.

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