Business community donates food items to Dr. Garang’s University
Some of the food items donated by business community in Bor being over loaded at Dr. John Garang University (Photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon)
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Business community operating in Jonglei State and other well-wishers have donated food stuff to the students of Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology just a few days after the University was hit by lack of food.
Last week the contractor providing food to the University decided to cut down the food ratio due to lack of payment by the Ministry of Finance.
The business community that contributed the food items included Somali community in Bor, Chamber of commerce, Bor Municipal council, while Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia communities and Sudanese business communities were to handover their pledges.
Individuals who gave their contributions included Simon Akuei Deng the Secretary of South Sudan Chamber of Commerce, the Wife of national Minister of Information Michael Makuei who contributed 20 bags of maize flour as well as Simon Akuei Deng Secretary of South Sudan Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking to the press yesterday, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Professor Robert Mayom Kuoirot said that the food assistance came at the right moment as the University was on at the brink of closure due to food crisis.
”We were on the form of closing the University but with this intervention of Bor Mayor and his business groups in Jonglei state, we shall not proceed with the decision,” Prof. Kuoirot said.
He said one meal per day was frightening and unhealthy for the students.
Prof. Kuoirot blamed the Ministry of Finance over food crisis at the University as it failed the contractor.
“If the ministry is not paying the contractor then how do you expect the contractor to feed the students?” he asked.
“Not only that, we have a claim of about 10 million SSP from the Ministry of Finance which was donated by the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai last year. Up to date the Ministry has not delivered the money to the university,” prof. Kuoirot stressed.
He further said that for any country to develop, the most vital aspect was to develop education. “If you neglect education then what country are we building!” he said.
The Food Distribution Committee representative, Samuel Ateny Pech said that they did not want to see Dr John Garang University being closed down over food crisis.
He thanked the media outlets for making the food issue at the University known to the public which they decided to respond without hesitation.
”This is going to be a continuous contribution until the semester is over. Everyone in Bor is interested to contribute because they do not want this university to shut down due to lack of food,” Prof. Kuriorot said.
He urged the lecturers to continue teaching and prepare students for the examination without worry of hunger again.