GESS approved £70 million for second programme


Permanent Secretary of DFID, Matthew Rycroft MBE, Talking to GESS beneficiaries about their future aspirations (photo GESS/twitter):

By Moses Gum Degur

Girls’ Education South Sudan recently received an approval of   £70 million for its new five-year programme in South Sudan, Hannah Rollings Communications Officer Girls’ Education South Sudan has said.

Ms. Rollings in a statement said GESS is organizing an event for hearing lessons learnt, feedbacks and outcomes from the GESS programme which ends in September this year.

“It will also be an opportunity to discuss ideas and priorities for GESS2, which has recently received approval for a new, 5 year, £70 million, programme,”she further stated.

The Communications officer added there will be presentations from GESS staff, teachers and girls who have benefited from the support provided by GESS.

The occasion which is expected to start at nine to two P.M will take place at European Union Compound, Conference Hall.

Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is a six year programme -April 2013 to September 2018 – that aims to transform a generation of South Sudanese girls by increasing access to quality education.

Jonglei Labor Ministry screens ‘ghost names’

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The State Ministry of Labour and Public Service in Jonglei has started screening ‘ghost names’ in all civil service institutions.

The exercise would sort out the existing names in pay sheets in order to get rid of those who get salary without work, and fight corruption.

The move would also give chance to competent workers in the region to work in the civil service sector.

The exercise which started on the 9th of this Month will run till 26th of this Month.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Jonglei State Minister of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Thon Simon Thok said that the exercise was intended to know the exact work force of the state.

“There is a huge ghost names in the state (work force) that normally costs the state a huge amount of money monthly without really knowing the real workers in the state,” Thok said.

He said the state government in a resolution number six for 2018 ordered for screening of all the workers in the state, to know those who would be eligible for pension.

“We need to know exactly how many people are there ready for the pensions, the number of vulnerable, those having diseases, those using and holding ghost names,” Thok explained.

He said the exercise only deals will the civil service sector but not the military.

“We desire to identify exactly the people who are in the place of the work. We don’t want to pay people who are unable to do the work, absent and those holding the accumulated names of the government,” Thok said.

The Minister said the civil service institutions are congested yet there are a number of jobless graduates.

“We want to give youth chance to work and replace the old age. The elderly should go for pensions when they reach 60,” Thok said.

The minister stated that after the end of the screening, the state government will publish the results for the public as a way of fighting corruption.





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