8 February 2013

South Sudan: Juba to Absorb Sudan, Diaspora Returnees

Juba — The government on Friday has resolved to absorb into civil service jobs the qualified South Sudanese who came back from Sudan and the Diaspora.

Based on the statistics presented in the cabinet meeting on Friday by the acting minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Kuong Danhier Gatluak, there are 1,437 South Sudanese who were working in various institutions in Sudan while some others came from the Diaspora.

All are now jobless despite having qualifications and experiences.

The government had earlier frozen employment of new recruits due to the austerity measures resulting from the production shutdown of the main source of revenues - the oil.

The minister of Information and Broadcasting and the official spokesperson of the government, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, however told the press that the Friday's Council of Ministers' meeting had resolved that this number should be absorbed in the existing vacant posts which have already been budgeted for in the various institutions of the government both at the national and state levels.

Minister Gatluak was directed by the Council of Ministers to identify 751 vacant posts in the various institutions at the national level and process the employment of the two categories. The other remaining 686 will be employed at the level of the ten states of the country.

Many of the lucky returnees have already been absorbed informally on a "consolidated basis" by various ministries before the latest decision and will only need to be confirmed after this formal decision by the cabinet.

The government will also take up the challenge of training in English language most of the Arabic speaking returnees from Sudan since English has become the official language in the new Republic.

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