Over 700m USD required for roads construction
Amb. John Andruga Duku, South Sudan Ambassador to China speaking to Juba Monitor
on Wednesday at Juba Monitor Newspaper (photo: Jale Richard)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
About 711m US dollar is required to construct the 392KM road from Juba to Rumbek Greater Bar El Ghazal by Shang Dong High Speed Construction Company according To Amb. John Andruga, Duku, South Sudan Ambassador to China.
On the 25th of March 2019, South Sudan Ministry of Roads and Bridges is set to implement the project with Shang Dong High Speed Company as Ministry of Finance the custodian of money and the Ministry of Petroleum which provides the crude oil signed a multi-party agreement with the Chinese company before President Salva Kiir for the construction, upgrading of major national and interstates highways.
The multiparty agreement with Shang Dong High-Speed group of companies shall provide for the funding and building of the infrastructure.
South Sudan government had initially allocated Shang Dong High Speed 10,000 barrels of crude oil daily for the roads construction.
In the Council of Ministers Regular Meeting on 5th April 2019, the government allocated additional 20,000 barrels per a day for the infrastructure and other developments in the country.
The increment brought the total number of barrels to 30, 000 per a day.
Juba Monitor’s Woja Emmanuel interviews Amb. John Andruga
Speaking at Juba Monitor in an exclusive interview on Wednesday South Sudan Amb. To China John Andruga Duku revealed that the 392 high way will cost over 700m USD.
Duku said that the amount of the money to be used for the construction would be generated from the oil which allocated to the Chinese Shang Dong High Speed Construction Company
“This road is costing us 711m US Dollars because we must be very transparent and clear here,” Duku told Juba Monitor on Wednesday.
Duku said the amount of the money available will be determined by the oil price at the lifting.
“The amount of the money available will be determined by the oil price at the lifting so the actual amount of money we are going to generate from the first lifting. I am not in position to tell how much it is because that will be determined by the oil price at this time,” Duku added.
Amb. Duku added that the people of South Sudan needed to know how much the road is costing and how long the construction will take.
He stated that the amount of money that will be generated from the oil lifting will be 100 percent for development.
“The money for this crude oil is for only one priority. It cannot be withdrawn to be used for health, it cannot be withdrawn to be used for education it is going to be used for only infrastructure and nothing else,” he asserted.
Amb. Duku stated that the peace agreement would be funded by the remaining amount of the crude oil.
“People may ask what about the peace if you can put crude oil only for infrastructure. This crude oil allocated for roads is not the entire oil of South Sudan. The rest of the oil remaining will be sold and used for the implementation of the peace agreement that is why the government was able to put 10m USD as initial payment for the implementation of the agreement,” Amb added
The People’s Republic of China has signed several developmental initiatives with the government of South Sudan for the expansion and development in South Sudan.
In 2018 President Kiir visited China where he conducted bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jin Ping where the two leaders had agreed on consolers affairs agreement allowing South Sudanese holding diplomatic passports, special passports and official passports to enter China without accessing a visa vice versa to Chinese citizens visiting South Sudan.
China also gave a grant to South Sudan in form of 100m Chinese Yuan.
At the same time another agreement was signed for 300m Yuan as China aid to be used for the construction of Jur River Bridge in Wau which is in the verge of collapse.
On Wednesday this week the government and Chinese government in Juba signed two agreements for the completion of Juba Teaching Hospital and construction of the Jur River Bridge