Abyei roads repair halted for lack of murram


Section of the road to Abyei town during rainy season in 2020

The upgrading of roads in Abyei Administrative Area has stopped due to a lack of murrum.

The Director of Survey in Abyei Chol Ngolueth says  the community living where the murrum is to be collected has given more conditions.

According to Ngolueth, these demands have caused the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei team who were working on the road to stop.

“When UNISFA went to transport the soil, they were stopped by the community there. They said they have additional demands. They said they need four schools, four water yards and four health facilities,” said Chol.  

Abyei FM could not reach Warrap community leaders for a comment.

Last month, Warrap State authorities and community elders agreed to give murrum to Abyei Administration for roads work. The official says the administration will meet the new governor of Warrap state to discuss ways to address the issue.

The change in the agreement comes amidst change in Warrap state government which brought in Aleu Ayieny Aleu as the governor, replacing Bona Panek Biar.

Poor road condition being an obstacle to service and goods delivery in the area, is one of the most pressing challenges the administration is trying to address. During rainy season of almost every year, the locals suffer shortage of food commodity supplies related to road inaccessibility.