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Juba government expresses need to audit Sudan’s oil figures

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By James Gatdet Dak

September 11, 2009 (JUBA) – The Government of Southern Sudan expressed today the need to establish an audit to oil figures published by the Sudanese federal authorities.

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The Khartoum Refinery installation (Xinhua)

London-based Global Witness group said in a report released this week that the oil production figures put out by the federal government are lower than those put out by the main Chinese operator of Sudan’s oil fields, China National Petroleum Corporation.

The report further said that there is a difference of figures ranging from 9 to 26% in oil blocks located in Southern Sudan.

However the figures have matched in Block ‘6’ which is located in the North and not being shared between the two regions according to the 2005’s peace deal.

The Southern Sudan cabinet in its weekly meeting on Friday has resolved the need to establish an independent audit, possibly an international one, to look into the discrepancies for confirmation.

It also resolved to share the report with the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly before the government could take any appropriate measures to resolve the issue with the Government of National Unity.

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Paul Mayom Akech told the press that the report had sensitized the government and would serve as the basis for further follow up on the matter.

Mayom added that the government would investigate the matter with the aim to arrive at a "correct, just and acceptable wealth sharing in respect to oil."

Government of Southern Sudan has been expressing concern over lack of transparency in the oil production and marketing since 2005.

Its attempts to formulate and implement a transparent system in the oil industry have been resisted by Khartoum over the years.

According to the CPA’s wealth-sharing agreement, the South should receive 50% of oil revenues generated from the oil produced in its territory.

Oil revenues comprise 98% of the semi-autonomous region’s income, more than any other government in the world.

"Mismatches of this magnitude represent potentially massive sums of money….for example, 10%, the southern government would be owed more than $600 million (on the basis that the Government of Southern Sudan has received more than $6 billion in oil revenues since the signing of the peace agreement). This is more than three times the south’s combined annual budgets for health and education," Global Witness said.

"Our findings do not necessarily mean that Khartoum has cheated the south out of money, but they do highlight the need for transparency. Unless the Government of Southern Sudan and Sudanese citizens can verify that the revenue sharing is fair, mistrust will grow and the peace agreement could be jeopardized," the watchdog further stressed.

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  • 12 September 2009 07:21, by Peter Aarai

    Greedy ncp

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    • 12 September 2009 07:42, by Peter Nhiany

      Dear James G, I think this is a good decision by GoSS to check oil production records with NCP. It is the matter of trust and mistrust which may intensify the political relationship between the two parties.

      I think NCP will not reject any request to audit the oil output figures to ensure transparency.

      GoSS is getting smarter on issues in realation with its counterpart NCP. Auditing needs to be done in every field to ensure fairness and trust in Sudan.

      Every body know Khartoum would never be fair in anything they share with the South Sudan government that is why it a great idea to audit the Chinese oil company. It is never too late for anything to be done right.

      Peter Nhiany.

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      • 12 September 2009 08:31, by liil

        An audit of oil production was essential step to be taken by the government of southern sudan to confirm the figures being produced during this peroid of wealth-sharing in the country but that must be clarified based on the interest and development of southern Sudan.

        We don’t have to complain and when that comfirm and approved then we come and put them in our pocket instead of delivering the most needed social services to the puplic.

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        • 12 September 2009 09:30, by Gatwech

          It is unbelievable for a group of extremists calling themselves a government to chop off people’s limbs for stealing petty cash or imprison women for wearing trousers while they carry out organized theft against the resources in South Sudan.

          What do you call cheating in sharing? Is it not theft? This NCP of hypocrites should be chopped off for stealing!

          GOSS should take them to international court for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the South. I hope their (NCP) religion is against dishonesty and stealing too. What a group of cheats!!!

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          • 12 September 2009 11:24, by liil

            Gatwech:

            Before we criticised and chop the nothern leaders under NCP as a party,Let’s start criticising and chopping our own hyenas and lions who looted the puplic funds for their own purpose in Juba.We have to understand our problems,underline them and probably find a solution to that before we point out our fingers to the north while we are suffering maladministration,corruption,nepotism and mismanagement of income resources such as:oil shared revenue and taxation. The issue is not just solely to stand against Arabs as our enemies but also to identify our own keaknesses and problems in the first place.

            Apart from oil revenue if we are not puplic funds robbers and corruptees, the taxes alone in the south would have brought up a sighnt and progress of development without foreign assistances, but the Dingka government in Juba failed to achieve that due to the interest of tribal engagement instead of national engagement.

            This verification of oil production must be carried out most satisfactorily and as to the interest of all south Sudanese people but not Dingka morauding leaders who their interests are only to serve themselves,their familis and then their tribes leaving the rest under poorest condtions.

            We oppose to this move and atitude and if not corrected then the Arab has right to loot and own these resources without dought due to our failure to manage it most accurately.

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            • 12 September 2009 12:43, by Gatwech

              Liil,

              Your point is also in place. We need to be honest and transparent every where, both North and South.

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            • 12 September 2009 16:48, by Amantiel Kem

              Dear Gatwech,

              i don,t know why fools like you and others couldn’t understand the structure of the Government of Southern Sudan and yet they claim to be southerners.

              My dear, it is better to study what you don’t know rather talking rubbish on the thing you don’t even have any idea.

              If Rahamdan fasting has confused you then why don,t you wait untill it gets over and have time to study the structure of the Gov.t of South Sudan from the the president, vices, speaker etc.

              Anyway i can’t blame you for one reason or the other. The most typical of you may not or define the term "Goverment" in their own lateral understanding and that is why they couldn’t understand it.

              For the sake of South Sudan, it is better be frank to each as an individuals but not tribe. Therefore you are of importance to South Sudan as others unless you spoil yourself in the way you do.

              I wish you the best in the trial to reform yourself and i will help you by praying to God in your process.
              Thanks.
              Amantiel Kem

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              • 12 September 2009 17:31, by Gatwech

                Amantiel,

                I don’t even understand what you are talking about. Can you make your points clear? What government structures did I write about? Or may be you intended to reply to someone else, I guess.

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    • 12 September 2009 07:51, by Garang Ngong

      Ahemad. why are you exclude that money?.You and your uncle Omer Al-bashir will go to HAGUE.

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    • 12 September 2009 14:18, by Mou Magok

      Yes, we are worried. why to dry up without salaries? many people in the South do not get their salaries monthly, that could be the reason. Please audit them seriously otherwise, let us have our own refinery in the South.

      They cut bigger part of the oil in Abyei region still they are joking around, GoSS wake up it is time.

      Thank

      Yirol boy

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  • 12 September 2009 07:49, by Santino Agok Baak

    No Unity with this well-internationally known government for greed and cheatings.On 2011, you will fuck go and united wih your fucking Arabs of Asian countries.

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    • 12 September 2009 09:56, by Biliu

      Holy God, what we expected from the Northern headed by the NCP, it wasn’t clear enough that they refused to render the South one of the most important ministries, Finance and Minerals????!, the North intentions on South are always about looting, extort and cheating, it’s our oil yet their stake is 50%, it’s our oil yet they refuse us to administer it, I think it’s a great move from the SPLM to call for international auditing on oil revenues, the figures are so mismatch and imprecise.

      On the other hand South totally depends on oil revenues because we are in interim period, the other sources for incomes are not yet to be exploited, South is rich in agriculture as well as in other minerals than oil, I’m hopeful that after the Independence, South will be one of the richest states in the region, for now let the North reimburse us the revenues they have been stolen or to hell with the CPA.

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  • 12 September 2009 11:23, by jalabi

    I think GoSS & SPLM want to draw people attention away from their failure in the south by making a fake battle against NCP, corruption, starvation, tribal war is the situation in the south now, SPLM had mentioned this before and accused NCP of taking the south oil money and threatened to take hard action against NCP and they did nothing at the end.

    I believe NCP should cut more money from GoSS instead of increasing it because more money to south will definitely mean more Dinka thieves!!

    Jalabi (Abo Jalabia)

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  • 12 September 2009 11:34, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Sleeping like Sleeping Sickness’ affected person is the Government of South Sudan, would you wake up if that Organization didn’t revealed that out?
    People just after ready thing in dishonest way than to look for unready ones from cheaters who in broad light do cheat us.
    What Educated people are the South Sudanese?

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    • 12 September 2009 13:19, by Biliu

      Recheck your sources Miss Hillary, this initiative was taken by the Government of the Sothern Sudan but was rejected by the NCP, involving a third party was essential to highlight on those infringements, Southern Government is not sick or infected, rather it’s a baby on his first steps, we have a corruption committee in the south can you tell me if there’s a similar committee in the north?

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      • 12 September 2009 13:50, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        1. Come to Sudan and find out whether this name is for Woman like U or for man like Me.
        2.(a) When was that Initiative taken by South Sudan Government and refused by Unity Government? 2.(b) If so why they didn’t approach third party to resolve it immediately until it was been announced by that Group?
        3. Is that committee you mentioned doing its work properly or is the Committee created to corrupt more, its cover Corrupt People from Justice, and in fact South Sudan have no Justice or any rule of law.

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    • 12 September 2009 13:33, by saif El hag

      GOSS has been the greatest disappointment to the people of South Sudan and the margenalized in general. From day one GOSS has only been a reactionary government, it hasn’t spent time in a serous planning. Nearly all the ministeries in GOSS have no clear or realistic action plan which emerged from peoples need assessment. The only plan of action they may have is how to loot and amass wealth (mal al haram). Now to correct their image they need to order a full scal audit not only experssing a need to audit. The audit must include oil industry, the revenues and how the money already transfered to GOSS has been spent. There must be a serious investigation on all the officails who aquired indecent wealth and properties in sudan or abroad.
      The blame of corruption in GOSS rests on all the parties constituting the government of South Sudan, SPLM being the spearhead.
      We the people of Sudan and the South in particular are sick of statments, we need action.

      Saif El Hag

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  • 12 September 2009 13:35, by Critic_Ngueny

    I would like to inform Khartoum Government to eat as much as they need but last they will vomit.

    Critic_Ngueny from Bor town

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    • 12 September 2009 15:19, by simon

      you see as always i told to you the epidemmic of arab want to finsh with us now , how can we be in unity with such kind of sheater like this ,GOSS don`t giveup about these issue the investigation must go deeply, even one$ don`t leave it to them this is our wealth & we the citizen will not stop of crisis them till south become own country . day & night we are with you GOSS, Kirr,Pagan, Wani, Arman, Riak,Oyei & James Oth, Wakeup to see what the theft of arab want to do with us, never arab that will happen.
      BY .Simon

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      • 12 September 2009 18:56, by Riangnom

        OOOpps !! That what I said a month a go. Can the South trust these NCP cheaters ? Can the unity will happen in dishonest way? OoH my gosh ! NCP is being alarming that SPLM is corrupt, while they are sleepless for stealing Southerners oil revenue ? This is not surprise to hear that from fake Arabs North. They are well known for stealing , right now they are in Ramadan months, and they pretending like they never eat during that time the all day; but not at all. The muslims lie to the world that they eat once at noon and then eat once at 12 mid night. All those are lies, they eat every time, and they told the world unreal story. They are very professionals theives. But you know what? You are dealing with wrong watchdogs. You can cheat ramadan lock your doors and eat inside, but we the South will not ask you, but if you are stealing our own resourse, knowingly you are in
        breakets.

        Riangnom

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        • 13 September 2009 13:49, by Paul David

          Audit audit audit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          This word is too expensive for our GOSS.
          I remember GOSS failed to audit taxation revenues,ghost names in the govenement offices, and many more. There is no one to share this simple work with GOSS but it failed to do it successfully.

          Thinking OF auditing oil money with Arab NCP,it is a serious battle.
          another concern is that i afraid GOSS is not creating another window of stealnig b/c those who will be appointed to do the job will be cheating. i don’t beleive this will even be effective neither.

          It is a good move anyways but they will not make it work.

          thanks

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