Opinion

Matter of development

By Akol Arop Akol
It is high time we learned that most of our works are being done by foreigners. South Sudan arose with magnificent buildings after the independence in 2011. The foreign investors started coming with different aims and purposes. They contributed to the nation building in diverse ways. Take the Chinese and the Ugandans for example. They are the ones constructing roads and houses around the city and other parts of the country.
The most hardworking people are the Ugandans. Someone may come from his or land with empty hands but reaching South Sudan especially Juba, they would get jobs. The secret is that these people know to create jobs for themselves rather than stressing for the limited office work. Some of them are senior six (S.6) graduates but maybe they did not afford fees for university, so they preferred to work for their own.
The Ethiopians and Somalians are dealing in water. The disgrace is that some of the South Sudanese are proud of their Nile but they don’t know how to make use of it. Others don’t even know its location. Maybe they practice swimming and throwing rubbish in it.
When the foreigners came in, they started fetching for us water from River Nile. It is well known that every water tank is controlled by foreigners. Our houses are built by them. The bodaboda business is also run by them. These are all activities that are jam-packed by foreigners. But who will criticize? If we don’t want to work for ourselves, who will care for us? It is always argued that people from outside have blocked chances for the indigenous people. That is not correct. We cannot protest while we are sitting idle.
I appreciate foreigners because they are heartily doing their jobs effectively. They have contributed a lot to the growth of our country. If it was not the matter of insecurity that makes them afraid, they would have taken the country to the next level. If they were not the ones, there could be no some buildings that are standing now. They deserve a word of appreciation though they transferred money into their accounts in their countries; they made it (the money) through sweat after toiling hard.
At the age of 18-20 in most developed countries, a young person could complete his or her education and develop something wonderful. Young people in early 20s are expected to be creative and productive.
However, in South Sudan it’s known that a thirty-year-old man is a Facebook Administrator. A fifteen-year-old girl is impregnated and forced marry and become a mother before completing her studies. Even if a lady graduates from college with a degree, she is not allowed to work as there is a concept or myth in the society (mostly by men) that when a woman is allowed to work, she could be used by her bosses.
All the wrong concepts will chain this nation down unless we edify and change.
We have to consider every person as important. All of us are good in different ways. Ignorance must not pamper us. We are now seeing by our eyes how our country is dragging into hole of woe made by conflicts and economic crisis. If we were working in all the fields (government and private) sectors, we would have learnt how money is earned and spent. Some of our people here have given responsibility of business or companies to outsiders yet they called themselves businessmen and women.
If someone does not know the loss and profit in a business, can the business grow with quantity and quality?
South Sudanese must make use of this chance available for them. They must find jobs or create them. The reason why the youth do not want to work is inequality in job rations. Imagine if someone is a graduate can he be a blocker or conductor? The type of job should at least match with profession.
We must work. Whether being a doctor or a teacher our mutual aim is to build a wealthy nation. Let our vision be one for our country. A young nation needs a lot of things; electricity, education, good economy, infrastructures are the top needed facilities by the people to live an improved life. Let us be awake and see what we shall do to remain for the future generation. Otherwise, we shall keep saying that South Sudan is young until it becomes old without having any progress. It is time to cultivate and educate. It is time to do business instead of competing for restricted clean jobs.
Our country is scrawling and there is nothing much that can make us to compete with other nations fully. Before it is too late, let us shape the future of our country.
The poet/writer is a high school student
Email: akol.akol49@gmail.com

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