Juba — The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Wednesday September 12, 2012 inaugurated Juba-Nimule road of 192 Kms, after being handed over to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan by the USAID.
The inauguration ceremony which took place at Lo Liliyo Bridge along the road, 26 Kms South of Juba town was attended by Hon. Gier Chuong Aloung, the minister of Roads and Bridges, Hon. Manas Lomule who represented the governors of Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria, some of the national ministers, USA, Ugandan and Kenyan ambassadors, USAID officials and UN/SGSR Ms. Hilda Johnson.
The total value of Juba-Nimule road activity is $225 million, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in partnership with the Louis Berger Group Inc. Juba-Nimule road is the first paved highway in the Republic of South Sudan with eight new bridges built in a modern standard to handle trucks. Juba-Nimule road after the completion has reduced travel time between Juba and Nimule from eight hours to less than three hours, linking Juba with Uganda and providing the shortest most efficient route to the port of Mombasa in Kenya.
Juba-Nimule road is the successful outcome of an ongoing partnership between the United States and the government and people of South Sudan. It has opened international trade between the young nation of South Sudan and neighboring countries and increased the speed and efficiency of transport and integrated South Sudan into East African trade route. It also created employment and training opportunities for South Sudanese communities.
In his key remarks at the ceremony, President Kiir appreciated US government for its continuous support to the young nation of South Sudan.
H.E Kiir called on the people of South Sudan and all those who will use the tarmacked Juba-Nimule road to be careful when driving and directed ministries of finance, interior, and roads and bridges to join hands and take necessary steps for maintaining the road and keeping it secure.
Manas Lomule, the deputy Governor of Central Equatoria state who represented the two beneficiary states of Eastern Equatoria and Central Equatoria in the inauguration ceremony, congratulated the leadership of H.E Kiir and said the successful construction of the road with eight bridges is a great testimony of the love of the American people to people of South.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Ms. Johnson urged the government to maintain the road and keep it secure.
The minister of roads and bridges thanked the American government for having the job completed and for the unforgettable assistance being provided by the US government and people.
US Ambassador to South Sudan Ms. Suzan Page said the road paves the way to South Sudan's future, and maintenance of the road falls under the responsibility of the ministry of roads and bridges and South Sudan Roads Authority.