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South Sudanese president tells university graduates of “limited jobs”


April 28, 2015 (JUBA) – Over three thousand South Sudanese university graduates have been told by President Salva Kiir to look for jobs in the private sector as government is unable to employ them.

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Bul John (L) and Deng Mangok (R) are some South Sudanese students who graduated at Ndejje University on Friday. 21 October 2011 (ST)

Addressing a graduation ceremony at the University of Juba on Tuesday for the first time since independence in July 2011, the South Sudanese leader decried the situation and wished the students good luck in search of jobs elsewhere.

“While we welcome the new graduates in the club of employment, I encourage you to work not only in the government but especially in the private sector so that you can use your talent to develop this nation,” president Kiir told the graduates.

It is the first graduation held at the university in twelve years. The last graduation event was in 2003 but many students have been graduating at faculty levels, taking their degree certificates without formal ceremonies organized by the university.

President Kiir insisted that there was no enough work opportunities for the citizens in a country where international organizations employ foreigners.

“I want to assure you the graduates that the positions in the government offices are very limited. If any one of you thinks that he/she will be appointed a minister tomorrow, then things will not go well with you,” he said.

Unemployment in South Sudan is the worst in the region with the young nation currently threatened by economic collapse due to the ongoing civil war which resulted to reduction in production of the main revenue generating resource – the oil. Sharp fall in global oil prices also factors in.

The forty year old Juba University, established in 1975, is one of South Sudanese five national universities. Tuesday marked the first time a South Sudanese university has awarded various bachelor decrees, masters and PhD on its soil since independence from Sudan in 2011.

Degrees in laws, medicine and other disciplines were awarded to more than 3,000 students.


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  • 30 April 2015 06:13, by lino

    Good luck students; look for jobs somewhere. All government positions are occupied!!!

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    • 30 April 2015 08:21, by Mayom County Boy

      as soon as graduation took place.
      with in this week most of them will be employee to NGOS and companies plus other institution with in the country .

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  • 30 April 2015 08:43, by Juma El-Saidi.

    When will those old useless people quit the office?
    Instead of encouraging the Graduate that he would create more Jobs, am so surprised to Mr.Salva Kiir retaining those useless men in the office who all the times go and take tea under the trees;
    Shameful to see those Yabas and Abubas;
    hahahaha South Sudan under the leadership of Salva has totally failed.

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  • 30 April 2015 11:59, by siddaw


    We greatly welcome u to exploit your skills in developing our marginalized Nation. South Sudan is awfully retardiated back to Khartoum’s regime by the few bellies oriented & vision-less leaders who got no knowledge & skills.

    as they say "KNOWLEDGE IS POWER".
    All the best

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  • 30 April 2015 13:46, by Eastern

    Kiir forgot to ask the recent graduates of University of Juba to join the army. Kiir’s mentor, Museveni often encourages new graduates to join the army. The little money in the coffers of South Sudan government will be used for the army henceforth!

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