Juba, South Sudan,
May 23, 2021 – A new higher institution of learning has been launched in Lobonok in Central Equatoria State thanks to Vice President for the Economic Cluster Dr. James Wani Igga.
African Institute for Development and Leadership Studies (AIDLS), which cost an estimated $8 million to construct, was officially commissioned Saturday 22nd May 2021 according to Dr. John Loro, a Special Assistant on Academic Affairs at the institute.
Mr. Loro told Nyamilepedia in a phone interview that admission at the new institution was in progress in five faculties. He could not name the faculties as many others currently under review are yet to be added.
However, Loro said economics and business administration were at the center of the programs offered by the institution.
“Yes, the University has been officially launched and as I speak to you, admission is in progress and enrolment will commence thereafter. For now, we have five faculties with some under review yet to be added,” Loro said.
He said the launch of the institution was a milestone to the people of Lobonok, the government, and South Sudan at large.
“It’s a positive development, not only to the people of Lobonok but also to the government and the people of South Sudan. Those who had a difficult time finding a better institution can now join us,” he explained.
Larco Lokomayat, one of the attendees at the launch of the African Institute for Leadership and Development Studies commended the ushering in of the new university saying it was time other politicians emulate Dr. Igga.
“It is a very great achievement and development in Lobonok in particular and South Sudan in general,” he said. “We encourage all the leaders and people of South Sudan to put more efforts into education so all our people and children get proper education in our country”.
Lokomayat challenged politicians who take their children outside the countries for studies to utilize available resources and establish vibrant institutions of learning within the country.
“Not all the time we go abroad while we have all the resources and tools to do more in regards to education right here in South Sudan,” he said.