Japan injects USD 2.5M to renovate Upper Nile University
Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen (L) UNDP’s Resident (R) Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, Seiji Okada signing an agreement to support the rehabilitation of Upper Nile University Malakal Campus and Establishment of Juba University Cultural Centre.(Photo:Louis Fourmentin)
By Sheila Ponnie
Government of Japan has injected 2.5 million dollars for the rehabilitation of Upper Nile University main Campus in Malakal.
According to information desk of Embassy of Japan, part of the money has been allocated for establishment of University of Juba Cultural Centre.
Addressing journalists in Juba yesterday after the signing ceremony in Malakal on Monday, Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Seiji Okada admitted that rehabilitation of the Upper Nile University is a process that would be the beginning of the recovery program in the area.
He described it as “an important first step for the recovery of Malakal”.
University of Upper Nile is currently operating from Juba due to conflict which forced the university to be relocated to Juba in 2014.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, said that the facility will be of help to the community.
“It will generate opportunities for the young generation; reorient them from crises and to give them space to become important social actors that can shape the future of the nation,” he said.
“As the university is central to Malakal and the upper Nile region’s economic and prosperity, its rehabilitation is sending a positive signal for the return of displaced people,” he added.
On his part, Frederick Mugisha UNDP’s Economic Advisor highlighted that with a population of more than 5,000 students and staff, it is the most important unit for rebooting the social and economic activities in the area.
Prof. Marial Awuou of Upper Nile University stated that students and staff of Upper Nile University were suffering due to the conflict and displacement.
“They don’t have proper feeding; no transport system and some of them are being displaced. We are suffering a lot and how long are we going to be staying in Juba he?” he asked.
He said support from the Government of Japan would only be meaningful if the country implements the Revitalised Peace Agreement