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Governor Uber convenes symposium with leaders

By Hou Akot Hou


The newly appointed Governor of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, Simon Uber Mawut, held his first official meeting on Saturday with officials and prominent figures from the state.

The symposium, convened in Juba, was aimed at familiarizing the governor with the pressing issues facing the state before he travels to Aweil.

During the briefing session, Uber met with state officials, members of independent commissions, members of parliament, and ministers hailing from the Aweil region.

According to the governor’s office, the meeting provided an opportunity for Uber to receive firsthand updates on key development priorities and to assure the attendees of his commitment to collaborative governance.

The governor also reminded everyone to work in the best interest of the public and avoid being divisive, as politics should be a unifying factor, not a divisive one.

He also addressed the need for unity among the youth, acknowledging the recent discord over the chairmanship of the youth organization, which had sparked tensions.

“We have brought to the attention of the new governor the existence of disunity among the young people, and as such, we told him to bring back the ‘spirit of togetherness,’ either by conducting elections or reinstating the impeached youth chair who fell out with the former governor,” said youth member Simon Aguek, who attended the symposium.

The governor is expected to arrive in Aweil shortly after the celebration of South Sudan’s Independence Day on July 9.

The state continues to grapple with food insecurity and the influx of returnees, who are in dire need of assistance due to the catastrophic situation caused by the ongoing conflict in Sudan.

The inaugural symposium with Aweil’s intellectual community sets the stage for Governor Uber’s tenure, as he seeks to address the multifaceted challenges facing the state and foster a collaborative approach to governance.


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