Juba, South Sudan
July 8,2021 — The Office of the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny said it will respond to youth demand by incorporating youth in the job grievances fact-finding committee to give youth a chance to investigate into their own grievances.
The youth grievances especially unemployment is a well-known crisis in South Sudan where “liberators” feel entitled to the lion share ; however, politicians tend to finger point on the youth for not creating their own jobs and some even believe that youth are buying V8s or living lavishly instead of investing their money wisely.
Machar’s new approach became publish after the Chairperson of the National Youth Union, Gola Boyoi Gola advocated for the inclusion of its members in the recently formed committee to address youth challenges in term of employment.
Last week the Presidency constituted a committee comprising of seven members headed by the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar to tackle the Youth employment issue.
The committee contains vice presidents, minister of National Security, Minister of Labor, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, and the Minister of youth and Sports.
The ad hoc committee is tasked with responsibility to address the unfolding standoff between jobless youths and humanitarian agencies operating in various states across the country.
In a televised address, the President of South Sudan National Youth Union, Gola Boyoi Gola said, the youth situation can only be identified by youth not politicians because young people are the ones familiar with their shortcomings.
“The politician don’t understand what is going on with the youth,” said Gola Boyoi, president of the National Youth Union.
“We are the ones to talk to them, because we understand and know what they are going through.”Gola added.
Puok Both Baluang, acting Press secretary in the Office of the First Vice President said the youth concern will be discussed and the office will officially communicate its response.
“We believe that the committee has to discuss this matter and we will respond to the youth union officially regarding this matter.” Baluang said.
Last month the armed youth group called itself Monyomaji in Eastern Equatoria State gave humanitarian Agencies 72 hour ultimatum to evacuate the area or to face consequences, underlining lack of job opportunities and privileges from the organizations for the host people especially young people in the area.