12 October 2012

South Sudan: Labour Undersecretary Urges Support for Malakal VTC

Juba — The Undersecretary for Labour in the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Madam Helen Achiro, has urged development partners to finance the construction of structures to alleviate the severe accommodation problem at Malakal Vocational Training Centre in Upper Nile State.

Madam Achiro said trainees at the VTC from the counties faced the problem of accommodation, adding that development partners should facilitate the United Nations Industrial and Development Organisation (UNIDO) to address the matter urgently.

Madam Achiro further said training materials that were not available locally would have to be purchased from Juba or even imported from outside. Noting that the Malakal VTC has no clinic, the Undersecretary appealed to the state Ministry of Health to coordinate with the centre to ensure the provision of medical services to the trainees.

The Undersecretary was speaking after a coordination meeting of the UNIDO Sustainable Food Security through Community-bases Livelihoods Development and Water Harvesting in South Sudan Project that was held at the Malakal VTC.

She called on the state Ministry of Agriculture to liaise with the centre which has an instructor in agricultural engineering, adding that this will facilitate the training of locals in the repair and maintenance of agricultural machinery.

She asked the World Food Programme to sensitise the state residents on food production saying this would ensure boost food security in the state.

Meanwhile State Minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resourve Deverlopment in Upper Nile Mr. Aban Makol, expressed some of the challenges facing the centre, adding that it has to be addressed with great concerned.

Speaking during the occasion, Project Coordinator Laraisse El Serginy said the aim of the project was to upgrade South Sudan's human resource base to higher levels with beneficiaries participating more local community development.

El Serginy hailed the coordination meeting as a good example of how stakeholders should express ownership of development projects and make the projects more effective.

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