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Economy to recover soon- Igga

South Sudan will soon recover its fallen economy if the oil refineries are opened in Unity and Upper Nile States, said Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga.

Speaking during SPLM Youth League Revival Conference yesterday, Igga said that Ministries of Petroleum and Mining have assured the Cabinet of the opening of the oil refineries and mining fields that have been closed due to insurgencies in the region.

“The first thing we are going to do with this refined fuel is to start distributing to our people and we stop sending hard currency to Kenya or Uganda and after selling and satisfying ourselves then we will start selling to our neighbours and so the opposite will start soon and this is going to happen,” the Vice President said.

He emphasized that the high prices in the market would also reduce after the government embarks on Agriculture by using the income that would come from fuel and minerals. “I am very confident that soon our country will not be killed by hunger but it will become prosperous as a result of the availability of dollars that will come from our oil and mining sectors,” Igga said.

It is reported that South Sudan plans to resume crude output in Unity State by September this year.  Oil fields in Unity will gradually raise output of about 50,000 barrels per day, and a new refinery built by Russian and South Sudanese companies near the state capital, Bentiu, will begin producing 3,000 barrels of diesel per day.

He said SPLM party has violated its rules and regulations by splitting themselves that brought war in the region. Igga said SPLM must have ideologies that will bring its members together in order to achieve total peace in the country.

The Vice President told youth in the country to take the National Dialogue seriously as a means of achieving peace in order for development to come in place, saying “a country cannot prosper without total peace.”

Meanwhile the Spokesperson of the SPLM –IO, Agel Machar said that SPLM-IO is fully committed in the implementation of the peace agreement and Arusha Agreement and the National Dialogue in order to bring stability in the region.

“The peace agreement is not death but struggling in the right direction and soon stability will come to our country that will bring our suffering to end,” said Machar.

Acting SPLM Secretary General, Nunu Kumba advised the SPLM youth League to use the energy they have for development but not for destruction.

“We need to use our energy for positive outcome, therefore you have a very important role to play in bringing peace, said Kumba.

She said youth must accept dialogue, peace and reconciliation for other things to move well in the country.










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