By Ngor Deng Matem
Fencing of Aweil East County football pitch perimeters in Northern Bahr Ghazal State has been launched.
The initiative to construct the Mabil football pitch is being spearheaded by sons and daughters of the area in collaboration with the county local football association.
A committee comprising of 21 people has been formed to mobilize resources from the community, government, and well-wishers.
Northern Bahr El Ghazal State governor, Tong Akeen Ngor, on Thursday, officially laid the foundation stone for the pitch, and pledged SSP 10 million towards the project.
“This is a good initiative, and we have to support by all means. Let’s give the little we have, “the governor encouraged the people to contribute.
Governor Tong also promised to mobilize support from President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
“As your Governor, I will support this initiative and will invite our president, Salva Kiir, to open it in January 2023 when it is completed,” he said.
The resource mobilization committee appreciated the donors’ willingness to contribute.
Secretary General for the resource mobilization committee, James Amet Dhiau, said building begins with one person and extends to the community and everyone.
He expressed optimism that this initiative will be achieved with the support of their well-wishers.
“Our donors are the people, companies, organizations, and our government,” he said. “We have already received support from the people. We received materials and money in the form of pledges and cash. We truly appreciate everyone who supports this journey, and we are still asking you to continue supporting us.”
So far, there have been pledges of over SSP 17 million and more than 50, 000 burned bricks.
“We have brothers who promised to build 90 metres of the wall. They are Paulino Akuei Athian, Hassan Ajak Deng, Mayen Yai Angok, and Kerubino Agok Aguer.” The secretary highlighted some of the donors.
According to the resource mobilisation committee, there are 220 metres by 115 metres to be built according to the Bill of Quantities (BOQ), and all these need 320,000 bricks and 240 bags of cement.
The total cost of this is over 60 million SSP. This means we are still very far from the target, and we are appealing to everyone to support the initiative.” James Amet stated: