New road to create access for communities in South Sudan
The communities in Lasu Payam in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State are set to benefit from a road construction that AAH Sudan is undertaking.
The 6.3 km road is set to create accessibility to farmlands and markets, for both refugees and host community. The road is being funded by American and Japanese Governments, through UNHCR at a cost of $ 390 467.
The road is about 6.3 km off Yei – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) road, about two kilometers away from Lasu Payam headquarters to Kukuyi. It is aimed at creating access to farmland. These are section allocated for the refugees by the host community. The road will also create access to markets for farm produce.
During the official opening of the roadwork, the head chief of the area Sokiri Sube Sokiri thanked the different partners for the initiative, adding that poor road network was a big challenge to the community.
The road construction project started in early November 2015, and is expected to be completed in three months.
AAH-I South Sudan acting Country Director John Nyirenda thanked the county and the Payam authority, landlords and the host community for offering their land for the construction of the road. He said AAH Sudan would maintain high stands in the gravel (murram) road construction.
The board chairman for AAH South Sudan Hon Khemis Benz urged the community members to continue working with the government and partners in development projects.
“I appeal to the community members to make good use of the road, once it is completed and maintain it to enable easy marketing their produce,” said Hon Benz.
The Commissioner of Yei River County Samuel Henry pledged for the continuous support to organisations and partners, working in the area.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a section of Members of Parliament from central Equatorial state, UNHCR representatives, AAH South Sudan team, ACROSS team, Yei River County authority, Lasu Payam administration, Refugee representatives, contractors, land lords and community members.