Focus on nation building –Japan

By: Sheila Ponnie

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan Seiji Okada has appealed to South Sudanese to focus on nation building.

He made the remarks during a high-level delegation visit to a cluster ammunition strike clearance site on Wednesday in Amee, Pageri Payam of Torit State.

The Japanese diplomat told reporters what Japan believes must be done.

“The people have to really focus on nation building, for the nation building, Japan believes that one of the most important things here in South Sudan is particularly agriculture, education and the field areas I am focusing here,” he explained.

Ambassador Okada added that for the safety of farmers, clearing the ground is very essential and in that sense the activity of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is vital.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UMISS, Mr. David Shearer said what his organisation has done in the country is to get rid of the legacy of war.

“It is so easy to put mines down and to drop clast emanations now burnt across the world by most countries by unserious oval things that prey on civilians not on the people that they normally try to hit,” Shearer said.

He emphasised that his organisation will continue to keep working on the progress of mine action.

Governor of Torit State, Tobiolo Alberio Oromo said the support being provided by the Government of Japan to the UNMAS team is an example.

“Most of us have witnessed that you have done a lot of work, most of the roads have been cleared and we as the state government are requesting for one of the most important, this is the road that will lead us to the agriculture land,” he said.

Tobiolo said his state was holding on to the peace agreement and that Torit State was in peace.

The delegation’s visit to the ammunitions disposal site was supported by the governments of South Sudan, Japan, UNMISS and UNMAS.

The Japanese funded UNMAS survey and clearance teams have provided civilians population in the country with safe access to essential infrastructure for people to resume their lives and the ability to re-establish social and civil services.

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