Construction of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal University launched
The Governor of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State, Tong Akeen Ngor, launched the construction of the University of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in Aweil on Wednesday.
The ceremony was attended by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Juba, Prof Sefirino Barnaba Ferajalla, the State Security Advisor, the State Minister for General Education and Instruction, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Prof Stephen Chol Ajongo, among other dignitaries.
In a statement from the office of the Governor, Prof. Seferino said the National Ministry of Higher Education was tasked with ensuring that the university begins its first admission next year.
“I appreciated the state government for exerting the effort to make sure that the University of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State is operational, ” he said. Besides, he said the university had all the required materials, such as a library, laboratory, and other essential tools that allow a higher learning institution to work.
He assured the state government of the National Ministry of Higher Education of approval and recommendations to allow the university to start its first admission next year.
The State Governor, Tong Akeen Ngor, lauded the National Ministry of Higher Education for the assessment they carried out concerning education projects in the state.
He said the launch was a historical event that would help expand educational services to the citizens.
Governor Ngor praised the chiefs, fundraising committees, sons and daughters of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State in Diaspora, state government officials and employees, and other well-wishers who contributed to the university’s construction.
He said the university would become operational next year.
On March 15, 2012, President Salva Kiir opened the new administration block of Mathiang’s Campus of the University of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, at a time when Gen Paul Malong was the governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.
The block had the offices of the vice-chancellor, the principal, personnel secretary, financial controller, and general administrative staff. It also included the computer lab, English language training lecture room, staff offices, and lecture halls.
“We are very honoured to have our President and the Chancellor of the University of Northern Bahr el- Ghazal, and indeed the Chancellor and custodian of all South Sudan universities, open the new administration building and declare the start of short courses on our campus for the first time since the creation of this institution in May 2010.”
The statement read in part, “(The myth that) this university and others created in the same year were Bashir’s, Inqaz’s, or 2010 elections’ machinations; and are not worth the attention and support they deserve from our government will henceforth be buried once and for all.”
The statement indicated that the university was no longer a symbol of bondage and oppression, but freedom.
“It is no longer a “project” to be shelved away from the sight of government’s radars and current priorities to rot and be eaten up by moth; but has become an institution which is here to stay and to carry out its designated mission, with full budget and moral support of our government,” the statement continued.
“Indeed, this is a turning point for the future of higher education in our country because it is a move in the right direction and a sign of visionary leadership.”
The university in June 2011 submitted nine academic programs to a specialised committee in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
It has four faculties, including the faculties of Agriculture and Physical Planning, the Faculty of Petroleum Engineering and Earth Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medical Technology, and the Faculty of Preparatory, Human Resource Development, and Vocational Studies.
“There is no nation in the history of humanity that has strived hard to provide more opportunities for its citizens to earn university degrees and regrets it. Not once, never, ” the statement read.