Lobong appeals to public for $2million to renovate burnt state secretariate
AUTHOR: Ibasi Patricia Tobs | PUBLISHED: June 9, 2022
Eastern Equatoria state Secretariate that host the Governor's office caught fire on June 8, 2022
Eastern Equatoria state Governor is appealing to well-wishers to help his government renovate the recently burnt state secretariate.
Louis Lobong Lojore said restoring the building to its former shape will require $2 million.
In a press statement seen by Singaita FM, the governor called on citizens of the state residing in and outside the country to contribute financially.
“…wherever they are; those at home, those in diaspora, those working in other parts of the country to contribute in whatever they can for us to fix this building back to its former shape,” Lobong said.
He said the state government can not do it alone considering the “incident happened at a time when the country is experiencing economic crisis.”
Lobong urged the national government, developmental partners, UN agencies, and NGOs operating in the state to provide the necessary support for the reconstruction of the state building.
On Wednesday at around 7AM, fire destroyed a section of the Secretariate building and torched the room containing historical files and documents of the state dating back to 1994. However, some documents were rescued in the process.
‘We have lost…the archives for Eastern Equatoria state since its establishment, all the furniture were burnt down, all glass windows have been destroyed, the roofing caught fire which means this building requires complete renovation,” the governor narrated in the statement.
Lobong encouraged the public to remain focus on conditions for creating a peaceful, progressive, and democratic Eastern Equatoria State.