South Sudan: Unity State Cuts Five Ministries in Order to Pay Civil Servants Full Salaries

Bentiu — Parliamentarians in South Sudan's oil-rich Unity State passed a resolution on 11 January downsizing the state government as part of austerity measures introduced after oil-production was shutdown last year due a transit fee dispute with Khartoum.

Unity State and the rest of South Sudan has been facing a financial crisis since the oil dispute began a year ago. A deal to resume exports through Sudan was signed in September, but has not been implemented due to security issues along the north-south border.

On Thursday, the assembly, under Speaker Simon Maguek Gai, amended a resolution, together with the council of state ministers agreeing to reduce the number of state ministries from 15 to 10 and specialized committees from 14 to 10.

Speaker Gai said the decision was taken due to a shortfall in funds received by the state government. South Sudan's government relied on oil production for 98% of its revenue before it abruptly halted production a year ago.

South Sudan accused Sudan of confiscating its oil entitlements worth about US$815m. Khartoum denied this but admitted it had taken some oil as payment for unpaid fees South Sudan owed it.

Until the shutdown, Unity state received an additional 2% of the oil revenues, in recognition that the state's oil fields produced most of South Sudan's crude. When South Sudan seceded in July 2011, it took with it 75% of Sudan's oil production, but the necessary infrastructure needed to export oil to international markets remained in the north.

Following the closure, South Sudan announced that no civil servant salaries would be reduced. However, some states have resorted to cutting pay, including Unity State, where government employees had their pay cut by 25% in July last year.

Analysts point out that government salaries are the main method by which the South Sudanese state distributes wealth, with one salary often supporting many dependents. Development and infrastructure projects, as well as the provision of some public services bore the brunt of the cuts.

Decreasing the number of committees and specialised committees, the speaker told Sudan Tribune, would allow the government to return state employees to their previous salaries, reversing the deeply unpopular 25% cut.

James Buay Nyoch, a civil servant employee at Unity State's Ministry of Education, which was not scrapped in the re-organisation, told Sudan Tribune he welcomed the decision.

The state parliament has ordered the Finance Ministry to pay civil servant's their full salary for January at the end of this month. This decision, Unity State's citizens say, has surprised many.

While the details of the new measures are still being worked out, Gai says the Ministries of Youth, Culture and Sport, Gender and Child Welfare, Environment and Natural Resources, Parliamentary Affairs and the commissioner of the state's headquarters are among those earmarked for cuts.

The cut in salaries of civil servants came when the legislators were on recess. But after the state assembly opened in December last year, parliamentarians pressured the governor and the council of state ministers to reverse their decision.

The reshuffle also saw four county commissioners changed, with new figures appointed in Mayom, Leer, Panyijiar and Abiemnhom counties.

The Unity State reshuffle in full

Ministries

Abolished ministries:

Ministry of Parliamentarian Affairs, its current responsibilities to be carried out by the Chief Whip of the State Legislative Assembly.

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, its current responsibilities to be carried out by the State Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, Urban Development and Natural Resources.

Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare is taken back to the Ministry of Social Development, Gender and Child Welfare.

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, its responsibilities to be carried out by the State Ministry of Information and Communication, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Commissioner of the State Head Quarter, its current responsibilities to be carried out by the Secretary General.

Newly structured ministries:

Ministry of Local Government and Law Enforcement.

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Cooperative.

Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry

Ministry of General Education and Instruction

Ministry of Physical Infrastructure, Urban Development and Natural Resource.

Ministry of Information, Communication, Culture, Youth and Sport

Ministry of Social Development, Gender and Child Welfare.

Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

Ministry of Animal Resource and Fishery

Relieved Director Generals as affected by the abolition of their respective ministries.

Mr. Malual Majok Chuol, Director General, Ministry of Parliamentarian Affairs.

Mr. James Galuak Liah, Director General, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources,

Mr. Gatjuet Ruai Wang, Director General, Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare

Mr. Zachariah Gai Dang Kulang, Director General, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.

Cabinet

New Unity State Cabinet:

Lt. Gen. Taban Deng Gai, Governor of Unity State

Brig. Michael Chiangjiek Geay, Deputy Governor, Minister of Local Government and Law Enforcement

Col. Samuel Lony Geng, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Mr. Thomas Jal Thomas,Minister of Finance, Trade and Industry

Dr. Changkel Banak Riek, Minister of Health

Mr. Abraham Dak Turoal, Minister of Physical Infrastructure, Urban Development and Natural Resources

Mr. Joseph Arop Malual, Ministry of Information, Communication, Culture, Youth and Sport

Mrs. Innocent Lazurus Latjor Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

Dr. Mariem Mut Toroah, Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries

Mrs. Lubna Abddalgani Babakier, Minister of Social Development, Gender and Child Welfare

Angelo Chol Dong Wei, Minister of General Education and Instruction

Relieved ministers:

Col. Simon Jalduong Matuek, Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Urban Development

Mr. Abraham Dak Turoal Thac, Minister of Information and Communication

Stephen Pei Beliu, Minister of Environment and Natural Resource.

Mr. Joseph Arop Malual, Minister of Labour, Public Service & Human Resource Development.

Mrs. Innocent Lazurus Latjor, Minister of Gender and Child welfare.

Mrs. Nyaliep John Dak, Minister of Parliamentarian Affairs

Mrs. Rebecca Kur Nyikai, Minister of Social Development.

Mr. Thon Mabek Deng, Minister of Culture, Youth & Sport

Mr. Mayang Tiach Badeng, Commissioner of the Head Quarter

Appointed ministers:

Mr. Abraham Dak Turoal, Minister of Physical Infrastructure, Urban Development and Natural Resource, formerly minister of Information and Communication

Mr. Joseph Arop Malual, Minister of Information, Communication, Culture, Youth and Sport, formerly minister of Labour, public services and Human Resource Development

Mrs. Lubna Abddalgani Babakier, minister of Social Development, Gender and Child Welfare

Mrs. Innocent Lazurus Latjor Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development formerly minister of Gender and Child welfare.

State Advisory positions

Newly structured State Advisory positions:

State Government Advisor on Service Affairs

State Government Advisor on Security Affairs.

State Government Advisor on Economic Affairs.

State Government Advisor on Peace and Political Affairs

Abolished Advisory Positions:

Advisor for Health and Social Services,

Advisor for Peace and Borders Relationship

Advisor of Physical Infrastructure and Public Utilities

Advisor on Education Affairs

Advisors

Newly Appointed and Re-appointed Advisors

Mr. Maniew Dak Gong, Advisor for Security Affairs

Col. Simon JaduongMatuek, State Government Advisor on Service Affairs

Mr. Thon Mabek Deng, State Government Advisor for peace and Political Affairs

Mrs. Rebecca Kur Nyakai, State Government Advisor on Economic Affairs

Newly-appointed Advisors are:

Col. Simon JaduongMatuek, State Government Advisor on Service Affairs

Mr. Thon Mabek Deng, State Government Advisor on Peace and Political Affairs

Mrs. Rebecca KurNyakai, State Government Advisor on Economic Affairs

Relieved State Advisors:

Mrs. Debora KurManyiel, State Advisor on Health and Social Service.

Mr. John Yak Jany, State Advisor on Political Affairs

Mr. Michael MayarMading, State Advisor on Economic Affairs

Mr. Wal Yang Wel, State Advisor for Physical Infrastructure and Public Utilities

John Gatluak Doar, State Advisor on Peace and Border Relationship

Ustaz. Wang MutLuony, State Advisor on Education Affairs

Commissioners

Col. James Pui Yak Yiel, Commissioner of Guit County

Capt Majok Gadet Deng , Commissioner of Parieng County

Maj. John Bol Mayak, Commissioner of Mayom County

Mr. Simon Chuol Biel, Commissioner of Panyijiar County

Mr. Door Liah Diet , Commissioner of Leer County

Col. Eng. William Garjang Geng, Commissioner of Rubkona County

Mr. Arop Turuk Kuna, Commissioner of Abiemnom County

Major. John Chuol Wang, Commissioner of Koch County

Capt. Gideon Gatpan Thoar, Commissioner of Mayiendit County

Newly appointed Commissioners:

Major. John Bol Mayak, Commissioner of Mayom County

Mr. Door Liah Diet, Commissioner of Leer County

Mr. Simon Chuol Biel, Commissioner of Panyijiar County

Mr. Arop Turuk Kuna, Commissioner of Abiemnhom County

Relieved Commissioners:

Mr. Taker Riak Dong, Commissioner of Leer County

Brig. Peter Gai Joak, Commissioner of Panyijiar County

Brig. Martin Mashod Deng, Commissioner of Mayom County

Mr. Ajang Gide Yor, Commissioner of Abiemnhom County

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 Sudan Tribune. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.