Governor Aguer appeals to USAID not to suspend funding
Jonglei State governor Col. Philip Aguer Panyang (second right) poses with USAID delegates at the State Secretariat in Bor (Photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon):
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
Jonglei State Governor Philip Aguer Panyang has appealed for more support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) despite the US government decision to review its funding of projects in the country.
The USAID team was in Bor on Tuesday to evaluate its funded projects for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since most of its activities were coming to end in South Sudan.
Governor Col. Aguer said that it was not the right time for their major partners to sign out.
”This is not the right time for United States government to cut out funding to our partners. We are requesting for the continuation of the CRS projects and other implementing agencies,” he said.
He praised the CRS programs for its excellent work in the country, saying the organization had done a lot since time of the liberation struggle and supported many humanitarian activities.
“We feel that CRS activities should continue to be supported in order to maintain constant rehabilitation of the people and return of the refugees to Jonglei state,” Governor Aguer said.
Jonglei state Director of Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC), Gabriel Deng Ajak said that they strongly appealed to the United States government to reconsider its decision.
”We are emphasizing that USAID should continue supporting the CRS and other agencies in order for our communities to be able to restore more resiliency and build peace amongst themselves,” Mr Ajak stressed.
He reaffirmed the government’s commitment toward achieving peace in the short course saying that there were more hopes that the durable peace was coming soon into the country.
However, the USAID visiting team declined to speak to the media saying they were not permitted to speak directly to the media. They promised to look into all concerns raised by the Jonglei State Government.