New Central Equitoria finance minister vows to improve relations with revenue sectors

The Central Equitoria state minister for Finance, Juma David Augustine.
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Central Equatoria state new minister for Finance and Economic Development has said improving working relations with revenue generating sectors across the state will be his key strategy to boost the economy of the state and the nation at large.

Central Equatoria state new minister for Finance and Economic Development has said improving working relations with revenue generating sectors across the state will be his key strategy to boost the economy of the state and the nation at large.

Mr. Juma David Augustine said the ministry is tasked to mobilize resources and use them to promote development activities efficiently and effectively.

“It is not only the ministry of finance that generates revenue there are a number of ministries and sectors that play a very significant role in revenue generation. So that is going to be a key component,” he told TCT after attending Sunday prayers at Christ the King Catholic Church in Yei.

The minister said his new administration will concentrate on three priorities including extending financial support to the state, promoting transparency and accountability, as well as encouraging sustainable leadership.

He underscored the need to promote transparency between the government and the people as key in dealing with financial matters.

“Whatsoever little resources we mobilize in our account as a state government, should be used in a way that brings a very positive impact to the citizens,” he said, adding that citizens will be made aware of financial matters to avoid blames and misunderstandings.

“The people may think the minister for Finance is keeping the money for himself or for the executive. They may say this because they do not know what is in the government. They should be told so that they know,” he SAId.

On his appointment, the minister thanked God and the state governor, and pledged to fulfill his responsibilities as per the state laws and job requirements, promising to put the interest of citizens first.

With a high demand for peace and stability in the nation, the minister appealed to the people of the state and the nation at large to work for peace to enable leaders to perform their roles in delivering the required services.

“Let us work for a very sustainable peace, peace that will allow us to do the best to our community. We will put our people first. My people come first and I come next,” he added.

The new minister served as the former commissioner of Yei River County. He replaced Bidali Cosmas Wori-Kojo through a gubernatorial decree.

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