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Tijor Payam wants a county status

Residents in Tijor thrustin a truck out of mud. Photo credit: Nichola Mandil/www.eyeradio.org

The community of Tijor payam says they want the area to be made a county in order to ease delivery of services to the population in the area.

Tijor, some 45-miles west of Juba, has been cut off from the city due to bad roads and lack of communication network.

“The area of Juba County is very vast. So we are lobbying for a new county of Juba West, we call it Juba West, this proposal is already laying there(with the state government), call it Juba West, call it Quinni County, what so ever county. We need a county in the area,” said Father Prudensio Loku, a Member of Parliament representing Tijor in Central Equatoria State Legislative Assembly

“…of course budget in form of block grant and then conditional grant then you have Constituency Development Fund (CDF) also and county development program”

On Monday more than ten vehicles returning to Juba, after accompanying the body of Archdeacon Lino Taban Soro, who passed away last week for burial in Tijor, got stuck in the mud on the way.

The roads that connect Tijor, Nyamini and Juba are impassable during the rainy season.

“When we have a county in the area, places like these will be able to be developed and get services because you will have budget of the county,” said Father Loku.

Tijor Payam has an estimated population of 8,890 people according to 2008 national population and housing census.