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Kiir’s office funds upgrade of Rumbek Airport

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October 12, 2012 (RUMBEK) - Rumbek Airport is being upgraded so it can accommodate international flights in time for South Sudan’s second independence anniversary in 2013, according to Lakes State’s Minister for Physical Infrastructure Adak Costa Mapuor.

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Rumbek, the capital of Lakes State has been selected to host the second celebration of South Sudan’s secession from Sudan on 9 July 2011. South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation as part of a 2005 peace deal that granted the region self determination.

Minister Costa said that as well Rumbek Airport, a new stadium and 10 kilometres of road will be tarmacked with funds from the office of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit. Rumbek has never had a single paved road.

Lakes State’s government have wanted to priorities road building and improvements but say they do not have enough funds. The state’s Ministry for Physical Infrastructure has set up a Feeder Roads Steering Committee (FRSC) to decide which roads will be prioritised.

All eight counties of Lakes State are asking Governor Chol Tong Mayay to fulfill the road building promises he made during his successful 2010 re-election campaign.

South Sudan’s poor infrastructure is a legacy of the two-decade civil war and severe under investment while the region was governed by Khartoum. However, in the seven years since former rebels the SPLM have been in power in Juba, little progress has been made in terms of improving infrastructure.

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Poor transport links are negatively affecting the new nation’s economy and hindering trade between South Sudan’s states. This has contributed to increases in food, fuel and other items of the last year, which has largely been caused by South Sudan stopping oil production at the beginning of the year in a dispute with Sudan.

The two nations signed a deal on September 27 that will see South Sudan resume oil exports through its northern neighbour and reopen the new international border for trade. The moves are badly needed by both economies.

LAKES STATE FLOODS UPDATE

Floods in Lakes State have severely damaged many of feeder roads:

  • The Rumbek-Wulu-Mvolo road has to be treated with extreme caution with drivers reaching their destination exhausted.
  • The Rumbek-Cueibet-Tonj road is full of potholes but is still passable with caution.
  • The Rumbek-Yirol-Awerial road is in a very bad condition especially between Yirol West and Aluakluak.
  • The Rumbek-Maper-Bentiu road is especially bad between on the last 10 kilometres into Maper

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  • 13 October 2012 06:42, by George Bol

    Good that Rumbek is honor to host the independence of our country. The city has been the headquarter of our mother and father SPLM/A during the war.I am happy that Salva Kiir Mayardit is fulfilling their steps.

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    • 15 October 2012 13:52, by Paul Chadrack

      what is good in Rumbek?, a lawless place.Kiir need to drum up support, but it is too late to plan for 2014 elections after massive corruption which took its roots in every south sudanese institution.

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  • 13 October 2012 07:27, by wang

    Rumbek was nominated because it’s a one of those South’s tens States not it was headquarter of SPLM/A during the war. And it chosen by people of South Sudan and has nothing to with Kiir is fulfilling his steps. Get a life dude,

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    • 13 October 2012 09:51, by Diu J.Kuek

      People should not be naive to understand the things negatively to dominated Lakes State for next South Sudan Independence day anniversary does n,t have any connection with historical background of SPLA/M movement it just because is one among the ten states and which is a good step such development it can be appreciated we looking forward for the more to comes.

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  • 13 October 2012 08:34, by James Maker Akok

    That will be good for all every ten states to reach into centre and also is good for International Airport to be in centre of South Sudan for every state people to reach their homes in short times.

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  • 13 October 2012 12:46, by maluach madit

    We may appreciate and salute the office of president Kiir if he determines the philosophy of promoting Rumbek Airport to Rumbek international aviation. However, I would also like to convince friend Wang to never get threatening at George Bol’s right comment, but you should sit to recall the beautiful historical records of Lake state centralism and patriotism in those days.

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  • 14 October 2012 03:33, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    It’s awfull recomanded that government of Southern Sudan had waked up adevancing his construction into the needy areas in the Lake State.Now committment is the successfull praise of leadership and promotion of competence,the goverment of Southern Sudan had done to his people in Southern sudan.It will reach up to Aweil, Abyei and Malakan.

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