Jonglei gov’t ordered screening of investment lands
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Jonglei State Council of Ministers in its regular sitting last week ordered the investment commission to screen the investment lands to identify the real investors in Bor town.
Jonglei State Information Minister Atong Kuol Manyang said the exercised was crucial to know the investors who have accurate contributions towards state development and revise their work if they were still interested and willing to work with government in the State.
Earlier January, Jongle’s investment commission had planned to screen all the investors in the state last February, 2019 to identify the active investors who are willing to work with authorities but the screening was not made publically.
Most of the investors in the State were turning investment spaces into private residential areas which might interfere with investment policies according to the Minister.
Minister Manyang told Juba Monitor over the weekend that there was a committee formed to do more findings and evaluation on the number of investors in the state.
“What was agreed after a lengthy discussion was that the Investment commission would go and screen the lands. There are over 900 investment lands that we need to screen so that we know who owned those lands and what are they doing,” she said
Ms. Manyang said that the commission would execute the very assignment with stakeholders especially the state Ministry of Physical Infrastructures and Municipal Council respectively
“After screening, they will come back to the council of ministers and there after we will give our recommendation on what should be the next step. And what to be done after knowing the screening,” she stated
Ms. Manyang said that the state council of ministers would expect to see the presentation on the status of the screening this Thursday during the sitting.
“What they were told is that if possible by next presentation they must come up with proper report,” she said
She said that the relevant documents would be checked at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure records and verify by the relevant authorities
She said that there were no indications that separate residential and investment lands exist in the state
“It is important for the government to know which lands are given out and who are the owners. And if they are not doing anything then they should be replaced,” she said
She said that there were investors who are more serious to take up the investing firm
“It would be another way forward to look into another step in regards to land issue. We will know exactly whether they were given to them legitimately or whether there was any other reason behind,” she concluded.