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Citizens ask gov’t for peace dividends

By Hou Akot Hou

Some locals in Northern Bahr El Ghazal state capital, Aweil, have appealed to the national government and the parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement to implement peace in good faith.

The appeal came during the celebration of the country’s 12th Independence anniversary, which was delayed in Aweil to Wednesday by the NBGs state government due to some challenges.

One resident of Aweil town, Dut Garang, told this outlet that they want the parties to the agreement to implement the peace in its entirety.

“We are earnestly looking for companies to come and invest so that jobs are found. People are loitering, and that is one of the reasons the livelihood is hard,” he stated.

Another Aweil town resident, Ms. Adior Simon Agany, echoed the same concern, saying basic services are dearly wanted.

“There are no proper schools, and teachers are suffering as most of the government’s role is focused on insecurity,” she said “And others like health are not being improved”.

“We don’t want peace to be spoiled again. We need to unite our hands so that we achieve development in our country,” Adior added.

In his address to the crowd on Wednesday at Aweil Freedom Square, state governor Tong Aken Ngor promised that they were going to implement peace in letter and spirit.

“We must implement the roadmap of 2022 fully so that we have a free, credible, and fair election in 2024, as there are no more months left,” Tong told the crowd.

It remains, however, to be seen how the peace will be implemented with overwhelming tasks ahead.



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