Jonglei Minister summoned over unapproved borrowing in the state

Bor, Jonglei State,

Members of parliament (MPs) boycotting a session of Jonglei state assembly in the past(Photo: file)

Members of parliament (MPs) boycotting a session of Jonglei state assembly in the past(Photo: file)

Jan 11, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– Jonglei Minister of Finance has been summoned by the state legislative assembly to explain how some twenty seven million South Sudanese pounds was borrowed from a commercial bank without approval from the august house.

Hon. Alier Maler, the Speaker of Jonglei state assembly, says the lawmakers have noted the state government has an overdraft with a commercial bank to pay workers.

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Mr Alier says the exact amount required to pay the workforce of more than five thousand South Sudanese Pounds in the state last year was six million South Sudanese pounds.

Bu he says the amount borrowed has exceeded the limit, putting the state government in more debt.

“The assembly is the right body which approves borrowing of money,” Hon Alier stressed.

“That is why we asked the ministry to come and testify before us and then we will look forward to solving this issue”. He added.

The date of the appearance of the minister before the MPs has not been fixed.

Efforts to reach the state finance minister or a member of the executive for a comment on the matter have not been successful.

In other reports, on October 8, 2016, media reported that the Primary and secondary school teachers have declared strike in Jonglei state, demanding that they receive their salaries increment.

A representative of the teachers, Matiop Ruben, who spoke to the media blamed the government for ignoring teachers’ pay rise following the current economic inflation.

Reuben said all the teachers in Jonglei state from Primary to secondary schools have agreed to strike.

According to the teachers, the national government failed to fulfill the promise it announced earlier that there would soon be increment of salaries from grade seven to grade one in two circulars.

Currently, teachers are paid between 600 and 1,018 South Sudanese pounds (SSP), an equivalent of less than 10 US Dollar, depending on the class of teaching.

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