CSOs call for respect for environmental laws in South Sudan

September 13, 2022 (JUBA) – Investors must heed the health and safety concerns of oil sector workers and local communities living in South Sudan’s oil-producing areas, a coalition of oil sector organizations has said. civil society on national resources (CSCNR).

“Our message is that companies must assume their responsibilities in terms of local content. How do our people benefit? We need environmental management systems that protect oil sector workers and local communities from the adverse effects of exposure to the hazards of poor waste management,” explained Koma Vens, the national coordinator of CSCNR.

He spoke at 5e The oil and power conference was held in the capital, Juba, on Tuesday.

Koma further urged the government to respect the rule of law and the implementation of policies, highlighting the CSCNR’s tripartite approach of involving all stakeholders in the country.

“Our approach is consultative and inclusive. We involve all the players in the country. We urge the government to respect the rule of law and the implementation of policies,” he stressed.

An alliance of more than 40 civil society organizations, including the Petroleum and Mining Workers Union of South Sudan, the CSCNR works to advocate for safe investments and for the social rights of communities in South Sudan to be respected.

The coalition further advocates for transparent and accountable use of South Sudan’s natural resource revenues for the benefit of its people.

South Sudan’s Petroleum Minister Puot Kang Chol said his ministry had issued a tender for the launch of environmental audits across the country.

“The Ministry of Petroleum, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, has launched a call for tenders for the launch of environmental audits across the industry. This will help revise, improve and strengthen environmental laws,” Kang said.

“In terms of transparency and accountability, the ministry continues to report daily on the production and marketing of petroleum products. Currently, we are also audited because we are also subject to the law and must be audited by the people mandated to do so,” he added.

5e The Oil & Power conference kicked off with South Sudan’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, describing the country as the region’s energy gateway.

(ST)