President Salva Kiir has urged parents to send all their children, including girls to school to fight the girl-child marriage and high rate of illiteracy in the country.
Kiir arrived in Wau, the capital of Western Bhar el Ghazal State, on Saturday and made a public address in which he emphasized on prioritization of education across the country.
“Girls are no longer sold for high bride price but must go to school and contribute to development of the country.” he said.
In February, the president declared free education, both primary and secondary schools nationwide both.
Kiir is on a three-day visit in the three states of Bahr el Ghazal region: Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
On Sunday, he will grace St. Joseph centenary in Kuajok town. The church will be making 100 years on Sunday since its establishment in March 19, 1923.
After the celebration service, Kiir will visit his family in Akon village for the first time in nearly four years. He last visited the area in 2-19.
On Monday morning, President Kiir will proceed to Aweil in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, where he will hold a public rally under the theme: “Peace and reconciliation”. He will also commission the construction of a 600km road there.
The state government calls on the residents of Aweil to turn up in a large number to receive the president.
The president is being accompanied by a number of government officials, including minsters and advisors.