Body demands details of Gov’t-China oil deal

Chairperson of Civil Society Coalition on Natural Resources,

Charles Onak Judo (Photo: Kitab A Unango)

By Kitab A Unango

Members of Civil Society Coalition on Natural Resources (CSCNR) are demanding for the details and duration of contract between the government and China to develop infrastructure in the country.

Last week, the government approved allocation of an additional 20,000 barrels of crude oil per a day to China for infrastructure and other developmental projects in South Sudan.

This brings the total number of crude oil allocated to China to 30,000 barrels per a day.

Charles Onak Judo, Chairperson of Civil Society Coalition on Natural Resources applauded the move but requested the government to inform the public about the details and duration of the contract.

“We fully support the policy of oil for development adopted by the Council of Ministers compared to the last experience we had using cash. This is very important for building tarmac roads and other projects,” Onak said.

“But our little concern is that we need citizens to be informed about the details of the contract that has been given to the Chinese company and the duration it takes,” he added.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on Tuesday, Onak said section 79 of the Petroleum Act obliged the government to inform citizens on exploration and utilization of the country’s natural resources.

He also said the deal reached with China should be transparent and conform to the Petroleum Revenue Management Act.

“The deal should not violate section 29 of petroleum revenue management act which prohibits future exploration of petroleum resources as a collector for government borrowing or repayment of debts,” said Onak.

He said the deal should first be forwarded to the national parliament for approval and be monitored by strong body to ensure transparency in the process of implementation.

He further demanded information about the previous 10,000 barrels of crude oil a day which was due to commence this month.

“This is a very big contract. We need to monitor the process to ensure its transparency,” he added.

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