Aid is not a solution to hunger problem – Governor Ngor

Aid is not a solution to hunger problem – Governor Ngor
The governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State,Tong Akeen Ngor, during the celebration of 11th Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence in Aweil on Saturday. [Photo: Gubernatorial Press]

Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Governor, Tong Akeen Ngor, has discouraged over-dependence on imported food and humanitarian aid.

The state chief argues that aid is not a solution to alleviate hunger.

The governor was speaking during the celebration of the 11th independence anniversary in Aweil town. Ngor called on citizens to embark on farming to produce their food as a long-term solution to the country’s perennial hunger and starvation.

“On the food security, the Governor encouraged people of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State to embark on farming to fight food shortage in the state,” read the statement from the office of the governor seen by The City Review on Sunday.

“He acknowledged that the importation of food items such as sorghum from Sudan every year is not the best option to fight hunger,”

Akeen noted that procurement of food from Sudan was a short-term solution to stop hunger in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

“Since the climate change which yearly results in drought, floods among other environmental issues continues to affect the agricultural production in the country, the government will resort to supplying food items from neighbouring Sudan as a short-term solution to address the hunger in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State,” he added.

The governor called on the citizens to desist from deforestation for the state to receive adequate rainfall.

“The environmental protection is our collective role and should be prioritised to fight desertification so that the stable rainfall is realised,” Ngor.

 However, the governor ordered the residents in the state to stop random cutting down of trees with immediate effects.

Governor Ngor was a member of the committee sent to Khartoum by President Salva Kiir to lobby for the procurement of food to salvage hunger in flood-affected states of Unity, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and the Warrap States.

The decision was to reduce the soaring commodity prices in some of the flood-affected states.

The governor also confirmed the arrival of trucks loaded with food items such as sorghum.

“The sorghum consignments have been distributed to the counties of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and sell at subsidised prices such that a common person can be able to assess the food item at affordable prices,” he told citizens.

Governor Ngor assured citizens of the government’s tireless efforts to save them from food insecurity.