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Parliament urged to enact law for student welfare

By John Agok

The South Sudan General Student Union aspirant for presidency yesterday called on the parliament to enact laws that will expedite students Welfare.

Zahra Rizik Zechariah told the press conference organized by students of various public universities at Millennium Hotel in Juba, where she echoedher manifesto, the particular agenda and issues she would address when elected.

She revealed that, she was driven to contest for both students and public interest.

“I am inspired to run this position just to sort out series of issues in my agenda,one of them is vital and it will address all pending matters, if the parliament enactsa law for students’ welfare,” she said.

She also pledged to introduce the students’ transport ID card for public transport to consider the plight of students.

“I will engage transport institutions to reconsider the system that exists in South Sudan, whereby students are exempted from paying transport fares in public transport by issuing identity cards,” she added.

Among other issues Zahraaddressed with collective efforts of relevant institutions within the government are as follows: Reduction of students’ tuition fees, Gender equality and women empowerment, and improving the learning calendar from November to February to be a break for vocational training skills. 

Zahra also promised to resolve instantly the issues of stranded students in Juba due to air-tickets problem. Shesaid that she would be availing funds to them within her capacity.

“I lookout for those alleged peaceful protesters, students destined to travel to Ethiopia due to lack of government respond to their calls. I will pay for their air-ticket within my Jurisdiction so that they catch up with their studies in time.However, I am urging the Ministry of Higher education to address all issues regarding abroad students despite the economic challenges in the country,” she concluded.

Zahra Rizik Zechariah is athird-year student in Faculty of Law in Juba University. She is a delegate from Northern Bahr El Ghazal and seeking votes from other delegates of ten states. Her motto: “Education is the Mother of Leadership”.

The South Sudan General Student Union (SSGSU) was established in 2008 and muted due to lack of funding and several wrangles within the Union, but SSGSU was later on reinvigorated in 2013 till now.

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