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Why is there ’no budget’ for John Garang Institute? Students ask

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By Philip Thon Aleu

April 16, 2009 (BOR) – Students at John Garang Institute of Science and Technology – Bor, who have been "patient enough", met on Wednesday April 15 to determine their ’academic future’ stranded at Government Southern Sudan (GOSS) delays to allocate it budget.

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Students gathering at John Garang Institute. (Photo by Ph. Thon Aleu)

Institute authorities, however, call for more patience but observed that there is still no budget to start activities at the campus.

In a charged meeting, also unclosed to the press, the students expressed worries over GOSS impediment to cater for the Institute despite the fact that South Sudan acknowledges it existence. "Why is there is no budget for our Institute?" the Dean of Student, the only Institute official attending the meeting, is asked but has no immediate answer.

The students overwhelmingly proposed and backed a sit-down-hunger strike [at the campus] – what they call "plan A", only to be put off after five (5) hours of intensive talks when the Institute chancellor Prof. Agrey Ayuen intervened by a phone call from Khartoum.

Jonglei authorities were also engaged in a meeting discussing possible release of loan to the Institute refundable by GoSS which assisted Prof. Agrey Ayuen to convince the students. A final meeting is scheduled for Friday April 17 to be also attended by Deputy Governor of Jonglei State Hussein Mar Nyuot.

AGREEMENTS ’NULL AND VOID’

Dr. John Garang de Mabior Institute of Science and Technology in Jonglei capital Bor had it established commenced during the regime of former Governor Philip Thon Leek in an agreement with ASCOM Co., a Moldovan oil companies operating here.

John Garang de Mabior, whom the Institute is named after him was a born from Bor and the former leader of Sudan the former rebels – the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) which now rules the semi-anonymous South as part of the peace agreement reached with Khartoum Government in 2005. He was killed in a helicopter crash few days after becoming the First Vice President of the Sudan and President of Southern Sudan Government.

Following his pre-successor footsteps, Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk sealed a separate agreement with Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) in January, 2008 enabling the later to send lecturers to the Institute which officially opened on February 2, 2008.

104 students were admitted for four courses including Pharmaceutical Technology, Ecology (Natural Science), Law and Forestry & Agriculture. ASCOM catered for the of students’ well-beings as well the whole running of the Institute in yet another agreement in 2008.

In the same year also, Jonglei authorities requested South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to recognize the Institute and hence, an Act of Establishment was signed by the President, who also appointed Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok as the vice-chancellor in July that year.

The vice chancellor, as a presidential appointee, labeled all agreements signed before him as ’null and void.’ Thus, in February, 2009, Prof. Agrey Ayuen Majok, as government representative, took control of the Institute halting the activities of ULIM.

A first semester for the first year students ended on December 19, 2008 and the seconded was scheduled to begin on February 1, 2009. Two-and-half months on holidays pending budgetary allocation, time has ripen for the students to decry the continuing delays.

"When the president of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) issued a decree, appointing Prof. Agrey (Ayuen Majok) as the vice chancellor, it signaled that the government was nationalizing the Institute. But we are surprised that there is no budget to run the Institute!" a student identified as John wondered.

But what is so funny is that South Sudan took full control of the Institute this year, he continued, stopping the Free International University of Moldova (ULIM) from sending lecturers only to left us hanging. "We have been patient enough," his colleagues applauded.

David Malual Wuor, the dean of students, explains the delay to start activities at the institute with lack of budget as the only obstacle.

When South Sudan parliament pass 2009 budget, John Garang Institute was not included but the Council of Ministers in Juba, is working on a possible supplementary budget prepared by Prof. Agrey Ayuen, the dean said.

Jonglei State is also considering releasing some fund in loan "as in this proposed semester expenses," he said asking one student to read loudly a sheet of paper addressed to Deputy Governor Hussein Mar Nyuot.

However, the students insisted that the government have a lower commitment while dealing with institute budget "because they don’t know much we are suffering…..without studies." "What we need is to study. There is nothing greater than this," another student stressed.

But big question marks remain as to why the Institute budget was eliminated by South Sudan parliament and why is the Council of Ministers in Juba taking long to reach a ’comfortable amount’ to support the Institute?

(ST)

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  • 18 April 2009 05:22, by Ayuen Buol mum

    I think that is a big mistake from the Jonglei state to nationalize the institution that they cannot afford to fund. I argue the state to let the organization that build it continuing to control it because the GOSS is a failed institution that cannot delivery the services to its people.

    My question goes to the people like Agrey Ayuen , and the governor Kuol that let the private institution who come to Jonglei state do their job and do not aggitated those private institutions, they are very important to the development in the state. However, without private institutions government cannot do everything and that why they are important to supplement the development.

    Thanks

    Ayuen Mum

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    • 18 April 2009 14:23, by lash

      Why Southern Sudanese should finance this`tribal institute? Why should our money be wasted on few people who are too old to learn anything new?

      Almost all the staff and students are from one ethnic group,Dinka Bor. Therfore,this institute does not reflects any national aspect, instead it’s a dividing factor among the people of Southern Sudan.

      Let Dinka Bor finance their institute with the money the used to steal from the public fund.

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    • 19 April 2009 01:24, by Yai Deng

      I agreed with you, Mr. Yuen Mum. This institution is not inclusive. Therefore Southern Sudan Gov’t (GOSS in this case)should not in anyway fund JG institute unitl all other states’ students are admitted.

      The gov’t of Jonglei state should elucidates this problems facing institution to ire students, that the problem is not with the Goss, but within.The question is, why should a government fund tribalistic based institution? GOSS will not funded the school if some measures are not in place, such as deversified the admission to cover other States.

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  • 18 April 2009 05:49, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Hey mongrel folk, your demonstration is well understood and to me, I welcome it, but to your dictator savage Kiir, he will turn blind eyes and deaf ears to all this roar. You are crying for notorious garang while savage Kiir is planning for his own way of becoming popular and famous. He is already famous like now he own houses abroad in those of USA, UK, AUS, S.Africa, Kenya and etc. How about your notorious garang who even found the foundation to savage Kiir, does Kiir even care about anyone in South rather than his stomach and family as whole. The solution is that if you pray hard and harder garang in his grave will know what to do to this second notorious, selfish, arrogant and visionless man who claim himself as a leader in South.

    A budget that is suppose for developing with garang institution has gone to abroad development of Kiir’s properties, plus even the shares that South gets from centre of criminal arabs has also been taken into Kiir’s accounts in foreign countries. Next time when Kiir ran out of $$$ or when he get into huge debt, he will either go to exile or invite the arabs to continue further rapping, torturing, killing and bartering (slavery) with his own junglese dinkas like before. One skinny dinkas with a pack of sugar (1.5kgs), this is how some dinkas who claim to be leaders where trading with their brothers and sisters before. At that time price was equally for bother male and female, but in this days I think that girls will be much higher for the great advantage that, the arabs will gain from them. But mans are just servants looking after animals and doing domestic jobs in the family. Oh God junglese walk up don’t let that regime rotate to yourselves again. The Bible says " a human is not created to be a slave for another human kind, but all people should be slave to God" this does not apply to public servants, but to the way how the dinkas where treated by their master arabs. Shame on your second donkeys for arabs.

    deny this facts if you have no logic, but acdept if your wise

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    • 18 April 2009 07:20, by Malual Jongbai

      Yo Mr. Logic boy,

      I appreciate your comment in relation to " NO Budget" for Garang Institute students, however, I condemn your aggressive and abusive words of sabotage to our leader Salva Kiir despite the unstable current governance in GOSS. Well, you guys are taking politics to the next level and I do not blame you as BOSS governor is being run by you someone from Bor and money laundry would have take place.I am not saying he has let the bank gone bankrupt? or is he responsible for the current financial crisis but would understand where cheques comes from. Please, let’s not incite hatred among ourselves and divided we shall fall!.

      As lucky student who was inspired by the words of Late Dr. Garang, I appreciate Institute being held under his name to continue his legacy however, this can be used as an excuse to attracts funds to students who are studying there. What about other institutes in South Sudan? Also, the issue is to be raised to the reasonable Minister of Education in regards to this issued or funds being released.

      Finally,I want you to think twice before you act and every society is desperately in need of resouce and education. I thank your understanding to my comments.

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    • 18 April 2009 07:32, by Mabor Yiel

      Dear Logic,

      The whole country is facing a great deal of economic crisis. Many important things are pending until the country is relief from this tremendous condition.

      John Garang Institute was blindfolded and cut relationship with its founder. Even the students of Upper Nile University are stranded in the streets of Khartoum awaiting impatiently for the government of South Sudan to give money to the university to make renovation of the University which was damage by the militias in February of this year.

      Logic, the problem of economic crisis is not one man problem as you exaggerated that Kiir has stolen money and buy things Abroad. Kiir himself may have hand in this mess but I can think critically that the Whole SPLM leadership is corrupt including yourself and me.

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    • 18 April 2009 07:42, by William Okuch

      Lions are Conscientious creature than Dinka leaders. Lions do share their preies or food among themselves even with human if lions know really human is hungry.

      Unlike lion. Garang has taken everything for Dinka alone. He created illusionary title "LOST BOY" in order to gain the sympathy of the industrialized world to host the selected boys.

      Allow me to list down the following questions as fact findings

      Why were the ’LOST BOYS’ from single tribe?

      Why are they only boys only?

      Do jet’s bombs kill only animals, old men/women and girls leaving boys alone alive?

      How was it possible for those small boys to know there is a security in Billpam and how did they managed to get there since they were still young to stand hardly fearful journey?

      Let someone get answers to these questions to hold me wrong.

      Many corruptions were committed after signature of CPA. For example, consider building of educational and of ther institutions and find out who are the beneficiaries. Look at the students of what is so called Dr. Garang institute. They are all from Dinka.
      My friends, change yourself. What your stupid leader Garang had done and now being follow by idiot Kiir are going to end soon.

      There will be a government in whole Sudan that will redistribute the wealth of nation eqaully and any institution that was erected in the favor of individuals shall be demolished or handed over to state.

      Garang was like fish that goes out from Nile during floading without know water that link dry land and Nile could dry any time leaving the fish in dry land to die.

      Shame on you. You get all without consideration to the starving children from other tribes because you lack heart and conscience. You sit in government singing and talking your cursing language. You control everything and turn to practice evil deeds because are full and what to vomite. You turned to kill your brothers and sisters from deprived tribes without pity.

      I wonder what kind of human you are. A human who do show sympathy to his comardes. Western despite their skin color and land have show you their humanity by hosting you. But you do even do to your nieghbor born with you, raise with you and marriage with you.

      Children eat together and enjoy their food while their is still plenty of food in bowl. But when food get nearly to finish, other child grab the food. In this circumstance, a child who snatch or grab food doesn’t cry or complain. But a child who has none does cry and complain.
      You Dinka get all in your hand. Despite of that, you bloodlessly turned to kill and burn other tribe villages on their inhabitants and humiliate.
      World shall know that those called lost boys are not lost boys. Decent government shall emerge to redistribue national money and you will remain hanging out there and went back into your nakedness.

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      • 18 April 2009 08:13, by black man world

        Hey bro lostboys are not one tribe okay man? you need to do your research good before you write, they got nuer and anyone who want the future of southern sudan brighter then it was in 1980s, so every family have to pick one boy to go to Ethiopia for education okay? Why EQautorian are not there is so clear, they didnt have thatz much people in the revolution, or if they do they didnt listen to their commanders in SPLA to late their children go to the jungle with out their suppervision.But since some other tribe like Nuer or Dinka were so serious with the situation, thatz why they sent their children to the jungle. So if you ask your question, think if you really gona get the answer you lookin for or not. Bro there is nothing as Dinka leaders, Dinka never have one leader before everyone different leadership, so Salva kirr is not just a Dinka leader he is south sudanese leader. They pick him to be your leader because there was no one to trust at all except him salva. Late say you have many choices, you have traitor who gona get all of you kill and then you have the unskill person not a traitor he at least do his job, just for the record who will you pick? Be ethical brother and you will live good.

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        • 18 April 2009 08:20, by black man world

          You said something about nakedness, if i asked you do you know when was the independent of sudan? And if you do can you tell me when was the garment which make cloth came to sudan not even south were you from. Adam and EVE were born naked. even you were born naked bro. Be a leader if you wona be one dont just talk without knowing what you saying, because it will affect you in your future. Man being damb is supper bull.

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          • 18 April 2009 09:09, by Rodolfo Riak

            Dear all,

            I think our problem in south sudan is how we understand things. insulting other region, tribes, personalities or any issue using fake name doesn’t make any sense for any one to response. some even are not from the same region they claim the are from. But because of our lack of understanding things we do just jump in to give the dirties responses to their articles. I remember one guy who use to put his name on this web as nuer,unfortunately I discovered later that he is an Arab man. He was using Nuer tribes against other tribes. Finally, I blame sudantribune for allowing senseless articles to pop up on the site before they check them.let us response to those who use their real names

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            • 18 April 2009 09:30, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

              BLA BLA, your number one in tribalism, no body deserve any respond from someone like yourself, knowing individual identity has nothing to do with rather than getting to his/her point of view. This is why your dinkas always carrys a pride of tribalism on their backs because of identity in names lik deng, choul, garang, bol, juk and *&#(@&. If your after identity, just concertrate on the article don’t bring junk ideas into fresh mind individuals. Do you think that even if everyone uses his/her identity will this bring any credit to your mad people. My identity is my logic, because in South there is no any other place with wise people other than Greater Equatoria as whole. Your case with nuer is another topic since you are enemies to each other both physical and emotional. Don’t act like a lost sheep.

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      • 18 April 2009 09:33, by Dengcol malual

        what a lie? if you don’t know anything then don’t talk about it. they students in the institute are from different states in the south including three students from the Blue Nile state. names of the students were released at the time when school opened and i don’t think those names were all Dinkas. all tribalists’southerners should form a hiltlerisationists groups against Dinkas.

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  • 18 April 2009 08:41, by ayuairech

    I really wounder why there is no budget allocated to this institute by the government of south sudan. When this project was first initiated by former jonglei state governer Philip Thon Leek’ majority of people were happy about the news.To be short, I do blame the government of S/sudan who have forgotten to include the budget for this institute.The days of the thief are numbered .Misuse that money and you will be cought red handed.

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  • 18 April 2009 09:37, by Kwaje D

    If there is anyone outside there claiming that GoSS is a Government of Southern Sudan but not Government of Self Services, then s/he should be isolated.

    I had never seen or even heard of such blind decrees being issued by Presidents in any other parts of the world! How can you sign an Act of Establishment and appoint a vice chancellor only to leave the Institute and the students in hell?

    Well, time is ripening for SPLM failing plans and we shall see comes few months or years.

    But I can’t blame Mr. Kiir for he don’t know the importance of University education. Elements like Riak Machar are happy for failing SPLM plans for they have a hiden agenda...

    The students need to forget and go to their villages to help in cattle raiding and child abduction. This is wat the SPLM want ,,..... everybody must be a rustler.

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    • 18 April 2009 11:56, by Axan

      Kwajee,

      You have said all. All vultures, the so-called then commanders and their relatives handling GoSS affairs, have no plan for the poor southern sudanese, as is the case of JG institute issue. People like Kiir don’t care about anybody else then their own selves and kins. they know their kids are in universities in foreign countries, therefore, why else should they care if they feel they own south sudan now and in the far future?

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  • 18 April 2009 10:11, by Toposa Boy southerner

    Logic Boy,

    Teach those Dinka Janjaweed , Dinka Toriya Genge
    The number one slave of Arab
    I just came back yesterday from Khartoum I have seen those evil Dinkas cleaning streets all over Khartoum I hear they also cleaning the house’s of Arab terrorist

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    • 18 April 2009 11:49, by wenagar agar

      At least thank mr. Kudal yet sorry for disabled Topossa boy who claim to have been in Khartoum that day and found what so ever carried out by dinka ,
      Cleaning the street is less worst than stealing and begging in the street of Juba by topossa’s children who could sluggishingly ask for 1/4 piece of food.

      Dinkas are not more enslaved than you toposa people !!!!!!!!
      I mean what I said but I could not reach the extend of every thing bads on you because we wana become one too.

      I am personally dinka boy of 27 years who had never been to Khartoum since birth time due to such Arabs’s dogmatic superiority of owning Sudan more than Southerners.
      Take this minimal warning but I have lots to say yet not.

      Be known that we are SOUTHERNERS rather than such !!!
      reach me through mawumduoch@hotmail.com AUSTRALIA

      I am mr. Wenagar Agar Panagar Geu.

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    • 18 April 2009 12:11, by Axan

      Mr. toposa Vulture,

      What mission had you been up to in Kartuom? Were you going to beg al beshier to give you latrine job. big deal eh!. Well, el beshier don’t trust traitors from the South no more. I hope that why you came back crying like lone dog. Anyway keep crying,or rather, go and be a cleaner in mr Kiir house! a promising news eh! I hope you like it.

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  • 18 April 2009 10:41, by kuduhal

    Anyway thanks you guys for your commences before me and i think all what you did is what i was to.
    But remember if you are commending about this budget issue it is advisable that southern sudan is like anew born baby or an egg in the cage
    iam not encouraging rioting but we should understand that southern sudan lack many thing to be good with itself.

    otherwise student got right but they are to be patience and wait to see the responses on green light they had made to the authority concern.

    John The Great.

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  • 18 April 2009 13:14, by J.James

    Hi Jongkoth

    Why worry, how should you dare to ask government to help tribalistic and dictatorial institute?

    Please leave the government alone and let Dinka Bor finance their Boric institute! simple.

    Why should anyone’s dollar spent on another person’s basket?

    That institute was not founded as national institute but Bor’s institute, theorefore, they should be fully responsible.

    God bless

    The writer helped Bor to move out of Nimule.

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  • 29 April 2009 05:17, by Ajith Deng

    Definitely, i agree with those Students because de GOSS should do some thing to supporting Institute!

    By Kuku

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