By Deng Kiir Akok
On June 14, 2016, Jubek State primary and secondary school teachers warned and said would go on strike should the state government didn't meet their demands within three days time. Their demands include payment of two months' salary, rents and clothing allowances.
But, before things could had gotten out of hands for Jubek State and for the ministry of education in particular, a prominence businessman and patriot called " Ladu Lukak " helped the situation by giving loan of 5.5 million South Sudanese Pounds. He meant the loan to pay teachers and medical staff, citing that he values the student's future of a better South Sudan.
To look at what Mr. Lukak did, I as a parent of a child, he got back to school by making teachers' salaries be paid, congratulated him. He showed his solidarity by making salaries payment for state's teachers and medical staff possible. Yin ca leec (in Dinka meaning, I thank you) Mr. Lukak though the state government will pay you back with this money, you have helped a lot. Our children are now in schools because you have done something. These children are the future leaders of this country and we as parents should not hesitate in giving thanks to such an individual that helped the nation.
Although Jubek State has done with its teachers and medical staff by paying them two months salary, it's not the case of the other states. And will be good if the tool used in Jubek State is used in other States. There's a need for you guys (businessmen) to do something for the other States whose their schools teachers are still on the strike that left students without schools. Perhaps they are demanding for their salaries for two and now three months.
Nobody out there to rescue the situation in these states? I meant if there're good-hearted people like Lukak had better to help teachers' salary issue. It's becoming a curse to their parents because when you see your child not going to school, you find yourself not doing enough for the future of this child.
Don't we have other successful businessmen in South Sudan like Lukak? Or maybe they see it as a waste of their resources to giving loans to states' ministries of educations or healths. Since these are the only vital ministries a nation can't stay without them.
I am happy and satisfied with what Mr. Lukak did. One would otherwise encourage Lukak's colleagues to repeat this excellence decision to help states' governments and nation at large to meet part of its obligations. if patriotism is something to do with a devoted love, support and defense of one's country, then why other businessmen are not doing the same as their colleague did for this nation. To help when there's a need for a nation shows one's concern with one's country.