Seventh Governors Forum begins in Juba
The seventh Governors Forum has kicked off today in Juba after it was postponed yesterday due to the busy schedule of the president.
The forum, which is an annual event established in 2006 by the Office of the President with support from UNDP and other partners, aims to provide a platform for discussing states’ development agenda.
The sixth form held last year yielded a raft of recommendations and resolutions which the governors and chief administrators committed themselves to implement.
For instance, on peace and security, the previous forum resolved to implement peaceful comprehensive disarmament across the country by ensuring civilians have no access to the collected weapons. This was to allow the deployment of organized forces to the states in order to help maintain the security
The forum also recommended that the government monitors and controls the inflow of small and light weapons across South Sudan’s porous international borders, and all the states and administrative areas and counties adhere to agreed power-sharing ratios in making appointments or filling positions.
On governance, the forum tasked the government with resolving the inter- and intra-state conflicts over boundaries or resources, implementing annual audits of accounts of public institutions and directing the states or administrative areas to establish strong governance structures and operations according to norms and standards to be subject to regular governance audit by the national government.
Also, while closing the Sixth Governors’ forum in Juba last year, President Salva Kiir tasked the governors and chief administrators with implementing the resolutions and recommendations.
The forum resolved the need to avail funds for microfinance to entrepreneurs so as to boost businesses and also to remove the ghost workers from payrolls through the biometrics system.
According to the civil society activists in the country, the recommendations and resolutions of last governors’ forum have been never implemented.
On Sunday, the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani, faulted the state governors and chief administrators for failing to implement the sixth governor’s forum resolutions and recommendations.
Yakani claimed that less than 10 per cent of the adopted resolutions and recommendations during last year’s state governors’ forum have been implemented.
“We have evaluated the sixth-state governors and chief administrators’ forum resolutions that were not implemented. This time, your Excellency the President, let the governors present reports on their commitments towards the adopted resolutions and recommendations of last year.”
The 6th Governors’ Forum drew a remarkable 52 resolutions and 83 recommendations on matters of social services, development, peace, conflict prevention, and good and democratic governance.
The forum is the highest policy platform that brings together policy actors to Juba to deliberate on a wide range of policy issues around governance and democratic principles aimed at ensuring institutions’ functionality for effective and efficient transformation and accountability to the population, especially those living in rural areas.