29 February 2012

South Sudan: Governor Charges University Administration of Incompetence

Wau — The Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal Rizik Zakaria Hassan charged the University of Bahr El Ghazal Administration in Wau of "incompetence," to manage the students and problem that faced them in the campus.

Hassan said this on Monday while addressing hundreds of medicine students who staged a peaceful procession demanding more lectures for the combined colleges of Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal universities.

"The government of Western Bahr El Ghazal cannot manage two things at ago, the management of State and University of Bahr El Ghazal and therefore if you have no ability to run this university effectively then it is better to surrender and notify the authority concerned in Juba to bring people who can manage the job," said the Governor. His reference was to the entire administration headed by the Vice Chancellor Professor Timothy Telar.

"The State is much concerned with the crisis in this university because it always leads to insecurity due to unprecedented violent demonstration that the students launched," said Hassan.

He called upon the administration to solve all pending issues within shortest possible time especially the lack of lecturers in the college of medicine, adding that the accommodation, lack of water and some facilities in the University will be collective responsibility that all parties need to contribute since we agreed to open the University.

The governor challenged the Dean of Students' Affairs Stephen Gum of being naïve in handling some minor causes such as shortage of water in the campus , cleaning of bath rooms and toilets and called on him to be very serious in dealing with all these matters than dodging like ostrich which hides the head while the tail is out.

"We are fed up of all violent demonstrations that are always triggered by the students in this University," said the Governor. He however appreciated the peaceful procession that was staged by the medicine students and gave assurance that their issues will be solved amicably.

The governor demanded that the administration should start following up the issue of lecturers right away from Monday because "we want all problems to be solved since the students are here for studies".

The Vice Chancellor Timothy Telar acknowledged that the University has many problems to be handled as long as they have commitment to do what they can do to ensure that all issues are resolved amicably.

"We are in the process of bringing lecturers from India, Malaysia and other countries including Sudan but the students should also understand the situation that we are in as university as a nation," said Telar.

He said that they can do what they can and that is something they can believe to be the right thing than being dragged to do what an individual thought is good for him or her.

The medicine students formed a committee of six members under the request of the governor to follow up the implementations of some demands. In presenting their grievances the representative of student Nyibol Dhieu Mathok from the third year called upon the government of South Sudan and the Ministry of Higher Education to meet their demand as soon as possible.

She waved different placards with different wordings, one said "no to academic marginalization" "no to violence, yes to peaceful demonstration, the work of tomorrow's doctor is for development, a healthy nation, we need equal right and treatment, we need lectures and opening of Agok soon". She said that their future is in the hands of the government.

She appreciated the governor of state for intervention and urged the issue to be presented to the relevant authority to address their need amicably as they presented their pressing issues in peaceful way.

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