Dear Member of the Graduate Class 2015
By Jock Nhial Both Kerjiok,
May 04, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Please accept my sincere best wishes and hopes for you and your future. It is my prayer that the education you have received in South Sudan will help you to grow intellectually, spiritually, and personally.
Many thanks for your hard work in the mid of crisis in our country, the future is too costly and let’s leave all the problems that we endured to the government and the opposition to sort out; all of us have duty to be involved and to support our leaders both in Government and Opposition.
Let young people learn a lesson from your academic achievement. As Peter Bair Ajak said, we must remember we are the electorate and also the shareholders of this country.
Our country and its people have a lot to offer and should not hide, but rather face the rest of the world in a competitive spirit. We have to focus on the challenges that we are facing, but we also need to go back to basics to create economic prosperity.
Let’s not only focus on the many things that count against us and forget what we have in our favor, we need to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the world and find our own cluster. I feel that we should differentiate South Sudan to again economic prosperity and concentrate on building a very strong South Sudan that will help the African Renaissance by overflowing into jobs and opportunities for South Sudanese.
A new global deal therefore has to be worked out and Africa with all its natural resources is again the focal point of interest to the developed world. It is therefore an important time in history for Africa, which calls for careful consideration. Our Government in Juba does feel that, as the main economic player in East Africa countries future prosperity. If President Kiir discourages the Graduate’s by saying that there are limited jobs in the country while his government is employing foreigners, instead of giving graduate’s jobs and them hope.
If you are graduated from South Sudan your education certificate is not of value in East African countries-i.e. Uganda and Kenya –excepted Ethiopia and Sudan. Our challenge is to figure out what we, as developing community can do to assist the African Renaissance and at the same time we need to address our own problems. We must therefore also know to gain or lose.
Let us find serious answers, based on the real needs and welfare of our people we face major challenges such as the income gap between the rich and poor that is increasing in South Sudan, in a recent publishes by the Juba Bureau of Market Research 2012. It was indicated that the average house hold income of the 20% of richest are the Government ministers and Government worker or Government official relatives.
We can not only imagine the future –we need to plan and build the future said by Peter Bair Ajak, Refer to this as strategic Architecture. An architect needs a blueprint to turn his imagination into a reality South Sudan needs the same blueprint to build a prosperous future. It is the essential link between today and tomorrow, we need to know what to build now in order to reach a prosperous future tomorrow.
“Strategic Architecture” is an opportunity approach to understand the constraints and the challenges that are facing us, but to think beyond the current reality about the desired future and to deal with these constraints, while thinking and acting on opportunities. We need to determine what we must do today, in terms of acquiring competencies, to prepare ourselves to capture significant value in the future.
It is not mere dreams we need but carefully planned actions, since sooner or later tomorrow becomes today. It is our willingness and our emotional and intellectual energy that will fuel the journey to the future.
The SPLM IO took the right decision to involve the Youth Leadership in their Negotiation teams for peace talk. As South Sudanese youth, we need to build a foundation that will help us succeed into the future. Our blessing from above is our land with its wealth of resources. That is a given, with our roots and heritage from our forefathers are the foundation upon which we have to build our future. Our responsibility is to build a future that will sustain future generations through the waves of globalization; increasing intellectual capital is not only about the collection of knowledge but also about the ability to connect to the best resources where knowledge can be obtained.
The country’s second in command has been leading a high level delegation to regional countries, urging for a regional conference in the South Sudan capital, Juba, as economic downturn bites painfully in the young nation. The International Monitory Fund (IMF) based on its recent assessment of the dire situation in the country on Wednesday warned that South Sudan’s economy was on the verge of collapse.
I believe in a powerful Labour movement because it keeps democracy intact .We desperately need an economic miracle and must act collectively to get this right, Please Join us in SPLM- IO to get our economic prosperity right and the Private sectors Prosperous and get back our country together. God’s blessings to you on your academic celebration and for all of your future.
The author–currently studying in Flinders University- Australia- easily be reach through his Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org