SHOULD FUEL SUBSIDIES BE ELIMINATED?
Stephen Dhieu Dau is urging the country to eliminate fuel subsidies to help improve the dwindling economy. He is in charge of Finance docket and may be knows better the recipe for economic re-jump-start and while saying if not eliminated completely, the subsidies should be reduced or brought down to allow investors in the fuel industry compete in the market effectively. His arguments and reasoning might not be compatible with the general public’s need but it is a reality which should be tried. Yes, the MPs and the common-man need to be educated and told how eliminating the subsidies would be beneficial to them and the country from the point of lay-man’s view. With the reduction of the subsidies, a number of key players will compete to bring in this commodity at the open market’s price. It will be up-hill for the first time for consumers but gradually it will be stable somewhere at equal and affordable price. It has been said that fuel prices are the lowest the world over in this country. Since almost every key industries, businesses and residential premises relies on fuel consumption to over 99 percent, there is need to make it abundantly available and would also bring the price to a common controlled point taming the would “make quick” buck players at the expense of the public and the country. We heavily rely on oil and its products for moving forward development. This is why the Government came up to subsidies its prices to the consumers. But it has to be accepted that the government is laboring to meet its end which it has done until now. It would be fair just to try “maybe” removing the subsidies for the time being until the economic situation stabilizes and may be then the Government would re-think whether to remove it permanently or re-institute the same for the general public and fuel consumers.
With Odongo Odoyo
LET’S SALUTE CHURCHES FOR PEACE PRAYERS
The seriousness of the peace process and its requirements came into being last Friday when a combination of churches came together to converge to pray for peace. The churches did not mind who is from where but their purpose was one. To pray for peace saboteurs to stop or desist from the habit. Their call was clear to our Almighty God that what is needed right now in the country was a lasting peace. Their support for the National Dialogue was not in doubt as they went on to elaborate to their faithful. Their Mission was to pray against the devil that had created so many ills among the people and to ensure the wrongs were corrected and prayers carried out seriously against the devil. To this Archbishop of Episcopal Church in Sudan and South Sudan, Daniel Deng Bul, affirmed that all other prayers were not serious like this one and called on churches to take time and turn to God so that peace can be enjoyed once again in the country. “We have set aside this day of today (Friday) to cry before God because we are losing our children and women. As we are crying for our children in the country, forgive us God”. These were words from the archbishop who led the march to the church. This was done but true it had taken the church sometime to join in the search of true peace. The church admitted that some of their initial prayers were not “serious” to help in the search of peace. That they are coming out strongly now they must have realized their shortfall and probably mistakes of not joining and paying attention to the initial search of a lasting peace solution. But as the saying goes, “better late than never” it will be joint duty of all to participate in the peace process because this is the only way to positive and effective development. SaPT reminded us of the one historian, diplomat and slavist, Czech national, Kanstantin Jose Jireck that “we the willing led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little for so long, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” SaPT contended that the church was important in all socio-economic development of the mind of the people and the country and it was reassuring that they had noted their lack of prayers.
“Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.”
“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
“Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.”
“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
“Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”