By Mabor Riak

The Western Lakes state Director for Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Nickora Makur Nyinde has urged the Non-governmental Organizations operating in the country to abide by the NGOs Act 2016.

He said the Non-Governmental Organizations and South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Acts give an area of operation to all NGOs.

“It is very unfortunate now that the NGOs are not responding to the Laws of this country,” he said. “All the NGOs operating in South Sudan must abide by the NGOs Act 2016,” Nyinde added.

He made the statement during a workshop organized by South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission in collaboration with South Sudanese Network for Democratic Elections (SSuNDE) to disseminate NGOs Act, 2016 in Western Lakes State.

The Director continued that after he assumed the office three months ago, he realized that most of the NGOs operating in Western Lakes State don’t know anything about the NGOs Act and Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Laws.

“I seriously advise all the NGOs to know the existence of the two Laws to ease their operation in the country,” Nyinde said.

He added that discrimination against job seekers is raising lot of complains from the local people.

“We are aware of Intra-communal fighting, but if NGOs can give employment to engage the youth in many activities, then peace would prevail in the community,” Nyinde said.

The Director of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission also requested the NGOs those support education, health and agriculture sectors to summit in their reports to his office.

He promised to visit each all of organizations operating in the state as soon as possible.

Andrew Acheng Anthiem, Relief and Rehabilitation Commission head of verification and compliance directorate of NGOs, said RRC will sensitize all the civil society organizations and international organizations on the NGOs Act across the country.

He urged the NGOs to consider a fair selection in their geographical areas of operation in South Sudan.

“All NGOs should give priority to South Sudanese national without discrimination and ensure that not less than 80 percent of the employees are South Sudanese nationals in all managerial, middle and junior levels,” Anhiem said.

“The practices where an NGO is being occupied by only one tribe will not work again,” he warned.

Anthiem stressed that nepotism should stop to avoid the scenario where some local staffs working with NGOs in Bor and Aweil were give twenty-four hours to quit the areas.