The governors of Eastern Equatoria State and Lakes State have received awards for their outstanding roles in improving security and governance in their states.
LEADS Africa organization, in collaboration with the South Sudan General Students Union recognized Rin Tueny Mabor and Louis Lobong Lojore for their achievement in fostering Peace, Security, governance and education.
Tueny was appointed through a Republican Decree in June 2021 when Lakes State was shadowed by communal conflict and bloodshed
After inheriting the leadership of a state in turmoil, Rin has successfully restored order, and transforming Lakes to become one of the most peaceful states in the country.
He had also received award as best Governor of the Year 2022’ from the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, for successfully combating inter-communal violence and overseeing the enactment of a law prohibiting forced and child marriage that contributed to the current award.
Speaking during the award ceremony, Rin said, his state has been peaceful.
He also said the relative calm has contributed to increased access of children to schools, and businesses and agricultural productivity are improving as a result.
“Lakes State is now peaceful, people are moving freely, children are back to school, local businesses and agricultural productivity have improved. The state government has banned forced and early child marriage and provide free basic education.”
“Despite this achievement, we have some security burden in some parts of the country and I therefore appeal to the state government and chief administrators to work for peace, unity and reconciliation among our people”.
For his part, Eastern Equatoria State governor Louis Lobong Lojore reiterates his commitment in improving quality of education in the area.
“We are constantly working to improve the quality of education and access to it. Much has been done already yet there is still much more to be desired. We have extended governance to the rural areas and made the government accountable to the people”.
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