By William Madouk Garang
The newly-appointed presidential press secretary, Lily Adhieu has assured the media fraternity ‘closer’ and ‘cordial’ working relations with the Office of the President.
She made this assurance upon assuming office on Wednesday to carry out the day-to-day activities of the President Media and public relation engagements.
Ms. Adhieu is the daughter to a veteran SPLM freedom fighter, Martin Manyiel Ayuel. She holds a master’s of international Law and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in International relation and international development.
Ms. Adhieu who is the first female to hold the president press office, replaced Ateny Wek Ateny who served as presidential press secretary for nearly nine years since its creation.
Speaking after the meeting with the President, Adhieu assured of working closely with media, saying that media is an integral part in imparting factual information between citizens and presidency.
“While it is a challenging responsibility that requires incredible dedication and sacrifice, I cannot think of any higher honor and privilege than to serve His Excellency the President and the people of South Sudan in this capacity,” Adhieu said.
“To our colleagues in the media fraternity, my team and I look forward to developing a closer and cordial working relationships as you are key stakeholders towards making South Sudan a better and more open society. My office will be open for you,” she continued.
She cited that she’s prepared for task, asserting that she believes in teamwork to steer the Presidential Press Unit to a new heights.
“I am fully prepared for the task. As a firm believer in teamwork, I will work closely with the existing team to steer the Presidential Press Unit to new heights,” Adhieu cited.
Kiir media aide earlier set sights to bridge the gap between citizens and the Office of the President in what seems to be a new look presidential press unit.
She served at SPLM national Secretariat as Secretary for Social Welfare and Services from April 2017 till appointed.
Also, she worked as project coordinator for the government of South Sudan under World Bank funded international and capacity building from April 2014 – May 2016 to mention but a few.