Adil, Cleto to strengthen cooperation between states

Adil, Cleto to strengthen cooperation between states
Western Bahr El Ghazal State Governor Sarah Cleto and Governor of Central Equatoria State Emmanuel Adil address the media (photo credit: CES Gubernatorial Press Unit)

The Governor of Central Equatoria State Emmanuel Adil Anthony and his Western Bahr el-Ghazal counterpart Sarah Cleto have agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two states.

In the post circulated by the official spokesperson to the governor, Cde Derick Derickson, the two leaders agreed to work together for the benefit of their community members as needed by the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity.

“Governor Emmanuel and his counterpart Sarah agreed to have exchange visits aimed for re-strengthening and re-familiarising [themselves] with their respective administrative units,” read a statement from the office of Governor Adil.

“This will in seeing how the standardisation of the cities can be achieved to fit the current trends of the world’s cities,” it continue.

Join hands

The two governors devised means to promote dialogue, peace and reconciliation in their respective states to realise sustainable peace, tranquillity and economic development.

“Governor Cleto registered her profound gratitude to the wise leadership of Governor Adil for the continued heart of hospitality accorded to her communities residing in Juba and beyond and called for a continuous level of cooperation and coordination to enhance peaceful coexistence,” the statement read in part.

“We affirm readiness as leaders of the two sisterly states to continue forging the spirit of working together, interacting sharing their experiences on various aspects for the mutual benefit of the local population as members of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity.”

Similar target

The two leaders have been embarked on development programs in their respective states.

On Tuesday, Governor Adil launched the construction of a modern maternity hospital in Luri as part of the state’s new four-pillar system.

The four pillars include peace and security stabilization, economic recovery, service delivery, and good neighbourliness.

Adil had advised all the partners and government stakeholders to align their tasks with the aforementioned pillars.

He said the system would be a step-in avoidance of overlapping duties between government institutions, partners, and stakeholders.

Governor Adil revealed this at the State Governor and Partners’ forum that was organised by the state ministry of cabinet affairs and UNMISS as the partner.

He stressed the peace and security stabilisation pillar as a vital tool of promoting dialogue among communities for peace and security to prevail given the presence of holdout groups in the state.

 “Our state is one of the states which has challenges as far as implementation of peace is concerned because we still have hold out-groups,” he said.

The economic recovery pillar revives the economy through investment in agriculture and entrepreneurship by providing loans.

The service delivery pillar deals with the rehabilitation of infrastructure, training of human resources and combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Western Bahr el Ghazal State launched a three-day governor’s forum in Wau on Monday.

The event is prepared in partnership with United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) according to a report published on the UN Peacekeeping website.

The forum was meant to create an inclusive Action Plan to build the peace that considers community concerns through service delivery.

“Representatives from all political parties, civil society, women, youth delegates and traditional leaders all came together to share their experiences, explore synergies and pave a collaborative way forward where we put people’s needs first,” stated Sarah said.