Juba airport police warned against corruption

Juba airport police warned against corruption
Director General of South Sudan Directorate of Civil Registry, Nationality, Passports and Immigration, Gen. Atem Marol Biar (photo credit: Alex Bullen/City Review)

The Director-General for Nationality, Passport, and Immigration Lt. Gen Atem Marol Biar has warned immigration officers deployed at Juba International Airport against engaging in corruption.

He said the officers must be patriotic and honest so that South Sudan gains respect on the continent.

 “Some people are coming to South Sudan for the first time. You need to show good behaviors towards foreigners for them to know South Sudan is a good country,” Gen. Marol told the immigration officers at Juba International Airport during the monthly briefing yesterday.

“If you have accepted to deliver service [then] you should desist from corruption. You are the people receiving foreign visitors [and] you have to behave well to raise the nation’s image,” he added.

However, Gen. Marol admitted that the country has significantly improved in terms of providing services to the citizens and foreigners.

He said there was more training needed for the police officers, especially in the directorate of immigration, traffic, and customs across the country.

 “The money you are collecting is not yours, it is for the nation. I want you to double your effort in the immigration work. Your country is a priority,” Gen. Marol said. 

Chief Inspector General of Immigration at Juba International Airport Brig. Gen. Santino Nyambut Koul praised the officers at the airport saying they have heightened security to enable movement without hiccups.

“We [have] not yet started providing services to the passengers and travelers at night but we are facing a lack of vehicles for some of our officers to help their transportation,” he said.

There are more than 200 police immigration officers providing service at the Juba International Airport.

However, Lt. Gen. Marol promised to buy more vehicles from the 5 percent of the money collected from the airport.

South Sudan is a landlocked country and entirely depends on road transport for the importation of goods.

Last month, the South Sudanese immigration department revealed that preparations were underway to reopen the borders with Sudan following a recent agreement struck by President Salva Kiir and Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdok.

Gen. Atem Marol Biar told the media that the two countries have rolled out preparations to ensure security prevails come to the reopening date of October 1.