Agak warns officials against dubious financial requests

Agak warns officials  against dubious financial requests
Former Minister of Finance and Planning, Agak Achuil Lual (photo credit: PPU)

The new Minister of Finance and Planning, Agak Achuil Lual, has warned government officials against submitting fake financial requests to the ministry.

Mr Lual said that some government officials often go to the ministry of finance with fake papers to get money for their personal use.

 “I am not here in this ministry to fight but to work and make sure that the economy improves. We need to work as a team to improve the economy. We need to stabilise the economy so that prices of commodities stabilise in the markets, ” Agak said.

He made the statement during his reception at the ministry yesterday while calling on the government’s financial institutions to join him in stabilising the economy.

Warns against wastage

Lual also warned the National Revenue Authority against spending money from the collection account.

“The national revenue authority was created to collect the taxes.” It’s not a spending agency. All the money should be collected and I will be the one to release it. Don’t take the money from the collection account, ” he warned.

 “I will do the reform and I will start from where they have stopped because the reform does not belong to the International Monitory Fund or World Bank. It’s our reform, ” he said.

Speaking at the same event, the Governor of the Central Bank, Dier Tong Ngor, said he is confident that the newly appointed minister of finance will be able to stabilise the economy for the development of the country.

He said they would work together in the area of productivity whenever the economy is stable.

He said the government’s financial institutions would work closely to ensure that the national budget is framed to bring development to the country.

“Let us maintain the same spirit to stabilise the economy of this country. The central bank will cooperate with the ministry of finance so that we can help to grow the economy, ” he said.

However, the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Public Services, Julia Aker, has urged the new Finance Minister to mobilise resources for the development of education, health and infrastructure.

“We need to invest in human resources so that they will be able to contribute fully to the development of the country, and this can come if there is a good education system and health care,” Julia advised.  

On Saturday, President Salva Kiir directed the newly appointed Minister of Finance, Lual, to pay civil servants and organised forces salaries without delay.

 “Make sure that all the civil servants and the organised forces are paid monthly.” If you do that, it is not only you who has helped yourself, you have also helped me, and you have helped the people of South Sudan,’’ the President warned as he delivered his statement after the swearing-in of ministers.

He urged Agak not to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, whom he said had been siphoning national revenue into foreign bank accounts.

The current finance minister, Agak Achuil Lual, is the ninth official to serve in the institution since independence on July 9, 2011.