Lawmaker urges youth to embrace agriculture

R-NTLA Member for EES Tobiolo Alberio Oromo, addressing youth forum in Torit/Courtesy photo

By Ijoo Bosco

A lawmaker representing Torit County at the Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TNLA) and the former Governor of defunct Torit State, Mr. Tobiolo Alberio Oromo is urging youth in Eastern Equatoria State to join hands with the government to invest in agriculture and help salvage the ailing economy.

He also advised the youth to desist from the current tribal politics which he said cannot move the country forward towards development of South Sudanese communities.

Alberio made his appeal to the Monyomiji while addressing a youth forum in Torit at Buruhutele Camp, saying the youth need to clean up their villages by abandoning inter-clans fighting and village to village violence that normally promote revenge killings in their societies.

“I urge you Monyomiji, let us clean our villages, let us take away our clans fighting our village or Payam inter-communal violence, and let us take away from Eastern Equatoria,” Alberio appealed to the youth.

“By cleaning the series of conflict and inter-tribal fighting, and embracing peace and unity, the youth might be able to observe the importers of conflict into the region by that, they will be able to identify the person and deal with him accordingly in person,” he added.

The lawmaker said if the youth clean all the ravages in their villages they will be able to cultivate in a peaceful environment free of any fear and insecurity of the unknown, citing that this may come after quelling the problem of insecurity across the villages of the State. 

Tobiolo however slammed the national government in Juba for neglecting agriculture in the State since the independence of South Sudan in July 2011.

He said despite the fertile arable lands in the country, little has been done to boost the agriculture sector.

The Member of Parliament also told the youth that, the fertile land that God has given is a free land for them to cultivate. Correlating that, those changes in politics and organization are ever there but the land can only be changed by climatic changes caused by either heavy rain or draught but still some parts of the region might experience some productions.

Last month, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that more than 70 percent of South Sudanese will struggle to put food on the table this year as the Country struggles with unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

This, it said, is the result of internal conflict, climate shocks, Covid-19 and the rising costs of living in the country.

According to WFP, Communities living in some parts of South Sudan States are said to be at a high risk of starvation.

Alberio now strongly encouraged the Monyomiji to improve the security of their villages and counties to give room for agricultural investment.

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