New Community Security projects handed over to Unity State
29 August 2013 – Bentiu: The government of Unity State has officially taken charge of three police posts, 19 hand-pump boreholes and the seven kilometre long Guit Canal which will transport much needed water to the Naam River, saving cattle keepers in Guit County from a routine seven mile trek and holding the promise of calm in the area known for competition over access to water and pasture.
The police posts will boost security and extend the state writ at the local level, while the boreholes are estimated to benefit 10,000 people in the area. Each of the police posts have solar power, separate custody cells for women and for men, and are equipped with modern communication equipment that enables the Police to be more responsive to emergencies.
These projects were built with technical support from the Community Security and Arms Control (CSAC) project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Sudan through generous financial assistance from the European Union. Earlier, in February this year, the State received four tractors and nine police vehicles that has boosted peace and development in the region. So far, these tractors have helped 450 farmers in Panyijar County with ploughing their farms and inspired local ‘Peace Cadres’ in Koch County to work toward a conducive environment that would enable them to maximise the use of their new community tractor.
The new projects will help improve security in Koch, Leer, Mayendit, and Panyijar counties. The Hon. Mabek Lang, Deputy Governor, emphasised to make the best possible use of the new resources “so that our people realise that there is peace, which has been supported by UNDP.” Recognising the value of the newly built Guit Canal to the local people, Mr. Malual Luyol, Director of Planning and Budgeting of Guit County, described it as “the best project in Guit County since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.”
The facilities were built as a result of UNDP-supported community consultations that enabled communities to analyse their conflicts and identify projects that they believe could help address their security concerns. With financial backing from the European Union, the UNDP-CSAC Project responded to the findings of the consultations by supporting the government of Unity State to establish the facilities requested by the people.
The European Union described the UNDP CSAC project in Unity as “a very effective catalyst in providing both sustainable security and stability to the communities, and instrumental in laying the groundwork for an environment conducive to development and confidence building, thus paving the way to positive societal relationships".
Mr. Balázs Horváth, UNDP Country Director said at the official handover ceremony in the state capital Bentiu: “I believe the conflict mitigation interventions suggested by the people of Unity state will help create an enabling security environment that can stimulate sustainable recovery and development. That would be a wonderful achievement that we can all be proud of.”
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