Once-Destroyed Radio Jonglei Officially Inaugurated After Re-Construction
“This is just a beginning. We know that we are looking at covering areas of about 70kms but that is not enough. We need to provide coverage of the entire Jonglei State up to Greater Pibor, Greater Akobo and even the side of Equatoria region”
Jonglei Governor, Philip Aguer during the official inauguration of Radio Jonglei [Phot| Juuk Mading]
By Juuk Othana Mading
BOR, 03 May 2016 [Gurtong] – Jonglei State Government and the United States Agency for International Development [USAID] through Viable Support to Transitions and Stability [VISTAS] last week officially inaugurated the newly constructed Radio Jonglei 95.9 FM Station.
The occasion held on Friday at the radio station compound was attended by State government officials, humanitarian agencies, civil society organisations and the residents of Jonglei State in Bor.
The station has been under construction since 2015. It now covers a wide spectrum of operations for major broadcasting in the region.
Lawrence Peter, the regional programme manager for VISTAS program in Jonglei State said plans to have an even wider coverage will be laid down.
“This is just a beginning. We know that we are looking at covering areas of about 70kms but that is not enough. We need to provide coverage of the entire Jonglei State up to Greater Pibor, Greater Akobo and even the side of Equatoria region”, he assured.
He added that the responsibility of running the station will be upon the management of Radio Jonglei.
Meanwhile, Col. Philip Aguer, Governor of Jonglei State in his speech said the facility is the service to the communities around and the people of Jonglei in particular.
”We are privileged to open this facility as the only means of communication in Jonglei State and we hope it will be supported. The capacity of the staffs and workers need to be strengthened”, said the Governor.
Akech Deng Kuany, the State Minister of Information said, “We want to thank the partners, leadership in the State and the media group for the hard work. We want to reach our people wherever they are about the peace. If you are not connected you may say that you don’t know what is going on.”
Mayen Ngor Atem, the State Minister of Agriculture and Forestry said that his Ministry will use the station to sensitise communities on the importance of farming.
“We are going to use this Radio as a tool to send messages. Messages of changing the perception of the people, attitude of the people and life style of the people, so that they go for farming in order to liberate South Sudan, particularly Jonglei State.”
Days before the general elections in April 2010, Jonglei State launched its first local on air, Radio Jonglei FM 95.9 under the Sudanese Christian Ministries (SCM), a local Church Group.
In 2013, the radio station was destroyed in Bor, during the conflict that started with the defection of an army division.
The project came as part of the USAID’s Jonglei Stabilization Program to promote local media houses in the State.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has constructed the premises through the VISTAS, South Sudan in Bor.