By Bonifacio Taban Kuich
April 27, 2012 (BENTIU) – Unity State’s Governor Taban Deng Gai announced his new cabinet, county commissioners and advisers on Wednesday, urging them to work hard to manage the financial crisis that resulted from South Sudan’s decision to shut down oil production in January.
South Sudan halted exporting its oil through Sudan as the two could not agree on the fee Juba should pay Khartoum for the use of its infrastructure.
The shut down has severely affected the country’s budget, as oil revenues accounted for 98% of the government’s budget. As well as severe development issues, Unity State also suffers from insecurity on its border with Sudan and from rebel groups operating in the area.
The new cabinet comes after a series of constitutional changes as South Sudan adapted to its independence.
South Sudan passed an interim constitution into law in December 2011. Unity State’s Legislative Assembly passed its own interim constitution in February 2012.
Governor Deng then retook his oath of office along with the rest of the state assembly in March this year in the August house in Bentiu town. The governor urged his cabinet to promote peace among the people of South Sudan particularly the people of Unity State.
Category: South Sudan News