Renk youth want commissioner out of job negotiation with NGOs

Renk youth want commissioner out of job negotiation with NGOs
Map of South Sudan highlighting Upper Nile State (photo credit: Wikipedia)

The youth in Renk County of Upper Nile State has rejected the participation of the County Commissioner Dok Gout Ngor in their ongoing dialogue with non-governmental organizations operating in the county.

In the last months, the youth have been demanding equal employment opportunities from the NGOs operating in the area.

A youth representative who spoke to The City Review on condition of anonymity said, “Renk community believes that it was not the role of the commissioner because the dialogue started before his appointment and it was making progress.”

They rejected the decision of the commissioner to lead the dialogue between them and the NGOs operating in the area.

The youth claimed that Mr. Gout was abusing his power and harassing and intimidating members of the association.

 “The commissioner is insisting on the involvement of the county government and he went as far as detaining some of the youth saying they were planning to protest against the government, which is not true,” he added.

They said on September 13,  2021, there was a delegation that was to travel to Renk to discuss the progress of their demands with the NGOs.

“The attendance was surprised to see the venue of the meeting being occupied by the soldiers and some youth were detained”.

However, the effort to reach the Renk County Commissioner for comment was futile.

In July 2021, President Salva Kiir appealed to the youth to desist from threatening NGOs operating in South Sudan, adding such activities will destroy the humanitarian assistance efforts.

In his address to the nation on the 10th Independence Day commemoration, the head of state acknowledged that unemployment among the youth remained a major concern and promised that the government had plans to address it.

He revealed that a high-level committee had been formed by the Council of Ministers to probe the matter and come up with the remedial policies.

Committee formed

The committee is chaired by the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and deputized by two vice presidents. The other members include the Minister of National Security, Mamur Obuto, Minister of Labour James Hoth Mai, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Peter Mayen, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Albino Bol.

The committee was formed after a siege in Eastern Equatoria State where UN agencies and other NGOs faced threats from a group of local youth known as Monyomiji, who decried improper recruitment policies.