New undersecretary for ministry of Culture and Heritage wants to build southern Sudanese pride


Dr. Jok Madut speaks at the Southern Sudan Conference in Victoria BC (Royal Roads University) on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. (Photo New Sudan Vision)

(NSV) - Dr. Jok Madut, a fellow of Rift Valley Institute and a Professor in the Department of History at Loyola Marymount University in California will ratify his appointment as undersecretary for the ministry of Culture and Heritage when he goes back to the south next month, he told New Sudan Vision on Wednesday.

Jok sees his job as “stressing loyalty to the nation.” He says “we will try to get down to nation building” as southern Sudanese are set to vote for independence on January 9, 2011.

"Now that we will become a state, we also need to become a nation," Jok wrote in his policy platform, published here by the New Sudan Vision.

“To be a nation means having a citizenry that takes pride in citizenship in “South Sudan” first and in tribal citizenship second.”

Jok is also a member of the Post Referendum Taskforce on citizenship.

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