Nilepet Managing Director sacked

By Opio Jackson

The Managing Diretocr of the State owned Nilepet, James Thelweng Mathiang Rok has been sacked.

On Wednesday President Salva Kiir sacked the head of the National Oil Company and replaced him with Chol Deng Thon Abel.

Reacting to the changes in an interview with Juba Monitor,the Executive Director of South Sudan Network for Democracy and Election (SSuNDE) said it is only peace that will resolve the fuel crisis in the country, but not the frequent changes in the Nilepet administration.

Rajab Mohandis said despite this new appointment, the fuel crisis will still remain the same. “This fuel crisis will continue because a change in  Nilepet managing director does not seem to be effective in contributing to the solution”.

He said a change was just done a few months ago and the situation seemed to have worsened.

According to Mahandis, there are quite a number of important steps that need to be taken because one man, Nilepet Managing Director, would not quickly improve the entire system.

He said a clear comprehensive strategy should be set up instead of changing the leadership at Nilepet from time to time, saying the economy was the victim of the ongoing armed conflict in the country and that fuel crisis can only be fixed through peace restoration .

The Executive Director said without peace, we will continue to experience the similar situation of the fuel crisis in the country, despite many attempts to change the Nilepet Managing Director.

He also cautioned the executive against their initial plan to lift fuel subsidies which he said will create more problems, though it helps the government to save the money.

“Though the government will use this money to pay the salaries of the civil servants, on the other hand it will shoot up the prices in the market because fuel will become very expensive,” he said.

“Transport will also become very expensive. So at the end of the day lifting of the fuel subsidies would have not improved anything about the overall situation in the country,” he said.

Mohandis reiterated that it was only peace that will resolve the economic crisis in the country saying people should take advantage of the revitalization of the peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).




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