AWEIL - Foreign nationals working in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State have been given one week to acquire work permits.
The move is being made to get rid of foreigners who illegally enter the State and sometimes get involved in criminal activities.
The Police Commissioner, Major General Akot Deng said that all non South Sudanese who do not have permits will have to leave by Thursday, February 2.
The police chief said that the state authorities will on Wednesday February 1, “inform all non-South Sudanese to go back to their countries of origin, and come back with real documents of identification.”
“On the Ist of February this year, all illegal foreigners living here in Mading Aweil, will be asked to leave,” Deng stressed.
Deng said the exception will be Sudanese who will have an extra month to sort out their work papers.
“Sudanese living here without the work permits will leave in March,” he said.
He added that, “No one has real identities right now, everyone must get back by now and come again with new documents.”
Gen. Deng was happy that Northern Bahr El Ghazal State was named as one of the most peaceful states in South Sudan, by the national minister of internal affairs, Alison Mananni during a recent visit to the state.
“About three days ago, we had met with the minister of interior and he appreciated the people of the Northern Bahr Gazal State. He put it among the most peaceful states in the country; we need it to remain peaceful, that is why we need to clear the number of illegal investors,” Deng explained.
Since South Sudan got its independence on July 9, 2011, many business people and investors have flocked into the region with the aim of exploring business opportunities in the new nation.
Many of these business people are Kenyan, Ugandan, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Congolese nationals who are engaged in various businesses such as selling clothes, operating bars and restaurants.
The authorities say they are evicting illegal business people to avoid problems such as recent money forgeries and crimes allegedly committed by foreign nationals.
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