Juba — The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs yesterday officially inaugurated its first ever office building after years operating without a defined office building. The building that stands-out in the ministries complex along Juba-Ministries road is estimated to have cost about 5.4 million US dollars to construct.
President of the Republic H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, presiding over the colorful ceremony urged ministry to make use of the good working atmosphere provided by the new building to promote democracy.
Due to the lack of an office building, the staff of the ministry have been running its affairs while been accommodated in three different government institutions. While the minister was at the National Legislative Assembly, the other directorates worked from Cabinet Affairs as well as Public Service.
The President commended the former Parliamentary Affairs ministers namely Gabriel Changson Chang, Martin Elia Lomoro and the incumbent minister Micheal Makuei Lueth for the tremendous job done of ensuring that the building is completed in spite of the difficult austerity conditions. He urged the Parliamentary Affairs minister to closely work together with the state's assemblies to deliver better services to the people.
Hon James Wani Igga, Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly described the ministry as having "pitifully operated under trees". He said the establishment of the new Parliamentary Affairs facility will provide a strong bridge between the National Legislature and the Executive as well as State Assemblies. He called for maximum cooperation between the state Assemblies and their respective executive governments.
He commended the International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) among others, for their support to both the national and state assemblies in capacity development.
On his part Hon Makeui, said the building will be the bedrock of democracy in South Sudan.