Water Resources and Irrigation

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Hon. Paul Mayom Akec




Hon Ali Keti Ochie
Deputy Minister


Minister's Profile:

Hon. Paul Mayom Akec began his education at the Rumbek Elementary School in 1961 and remained there until 1964. Thereafter, he joined Bussere Intermediate in 1964 but was interrupted by the first civil war. He resumed education in 1969 at Wau Intermediate School. Later, he joined Malakal Secondary School in 1972 and remained there until 1975. He joined the University of Khartoum in 1977 and graduated in 1981 with a law degree.

He began his working career as a Legal Assistant in 1981. He was promoted to a District Judge in 1982. He served in that position until he joined the SPLM/A in May 1986. He was commissioned 1st Lt. in the movement. He also served as Judicial Officer in the SPLA between 1986 and 1994 when he was appointed the Commissioner of Rumbek, a position he held until 2000. Between 2000 and 2001, he served as the Humanitarian Coordinator for SPLM in the Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS). Thereafter, he joined the peace negotiations in 2002 and served until the CPA was signed in 2005. He was also part of the Khartoum Advance Mission in April 2005.

He rejoined the civil service in October 2005 as the legal advisor to the President. He served in this position until he was appointed Minister for Internal Affairs on 13th November 2006. He moved to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 30th May 2009 where he served until he was appointed Minister for Irrigation and Water Resources on 21st June 2010. Hon. Paul Mayom Akec is married to three wives and is blessed with 12 children.


Effective management, development and utilization of water resources, to improve welfare and productivity of the people of South Sudan.





The ministry's mandate is drawing up of polices, guidelines and plans for water resources management; development; utilization; and provision of sanitation services, so as to improve welfare and productivity of the people of South Sudan.





The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources performs the following functions and duties:


  1. Draw up and oversee the implementation of policies, guidelines, master plans and regulations for water resources development, conservation and management in South Sudan;
  2. Encourage and where appropriate, fund scientific research into the development of water resources in South Sudan;
  3. Oversee the operation of the Water Corporation of Southern Sudan to ensure it performs its functions as laid out in the relevant Act;
  4. Undertake or supervise the design, construction and management of dams and other surface water storage infrastructure for irrigation, human and animal consumption and hydro-electricity generation;
  5. Set tariffs for the sale of water for whatever purpose;
  6. Draw up policy on rural and urban water resource development and management;
  7. Implement ground-water supplies of drinking water for the rural populations and make provisions for local community management and maintenance of constructed water supplies until such times as State and local governments have the capacity to undertake such functions;
  8. Initiate irrigation development and management schemes;
  9. Inspection of rural water yards;
  10. Draw up and oversee the implementation of rural flood control policy;
  11. Protection of the Sudd and other wetlands from pollution;
  12. Participate in international bodies charged with management of the Nile River basin;
  13. Water hyacinth management and control;
  14. Map water resources and carry out hydrological studies and research;
  15. Design and implement surface water resources projects including those for irrigation schemes;
  16. Establish flood warning schemes and other measures to protect against floods; and
  17. Advise and support States and local governments in their responsibilities for water supply and build their capacity to assume all functions vested by the Constitution and Government of RSS policy.




The ministry is composed of the following directorates:


  1. General Administration and Finance;
  2. Directorate of Planning and projects;
  3. Directorate of Hydrology and survey;
  4. Directorate of Water resources management;
  5. Directorate of Rural water supply and sanitation; and
  6. Directorate of Irrigation and Drainage. 




Projects and Programs: 


  1. Embankment of flood control dikes in floods prone areas of Phom el-Zeraf (Fangak County) and Twic East County, in Jonglei State, so as to protect lives, properties, farmlands and wet season grazing areas from flooding and reclaim lands for returnees;
  2. Water harvesting constructions (Hafiirs and Barriers), so as to increase spatial and seasonal availability of water for various uses;
  3. Rehabilitation and construction of rural water supply and sanitation facilities, with emphasis being on guinea worm endemic villages, schools, health centres, market places, administrative centres and other areas where communities congregate;
  4. In close collaboration with the South Sudan Urban Water Corporation (SSUWC) that was established to operate urban water facilities, improve their sustainability and expand the service coverage;
  5. Operation, maintenance, management, rehabilitation, and provision of Irrigation facilities, in an effort to boost food security;
  6. Collection and archiving of data pertaining to Water Resources;
  7. Preparation of Water Resources Management, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, and Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Strategies for the implementation of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan Water Policy;
  8. Projects of Investment Cooperation with some Chinese Public Companies: In 2006 the Ministry signed MOU with China Construction and Machinery Company (CCM); and in collaboration with CCM experts, surveys were carried out for the opening of blocked rivers in the Zeraf Island and for the construction of a bridge to allow navigation of the Bahr el-Ghazal at Bentiu;
  9. Projects of Technical and Development cooperation with Egypt: The Government of Egypt offered and pledged six projects at a value of 26.6 million US dollars, over a period of three years;
  10. National Projects through the Dams Implementation Unit (DIU): Since October 2006, the Ministry started coordination of DIU activities in South Sudan;
  11. The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI): In collaboration with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Subsidiary Action Programmes; namely the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Programme (ENSAP) and the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP); and
  12. Training and Capacity Building.



Publications and Documents:


  1. Government of the Republic of South Sudan Water Policy;
  2. National Technical Guidelines and Manuals for Water Supply and Sanitation Facilities; and
  3. Draft Drinking Water Quality Guidelines 





           Eng. Isaac Liabwel

          Email: Isaac.liabwel@gmail.com

James Adam Boy, D. G. Hydrology and Projects
Tel: +249-126-298074


Alier Bullen Ngong Oka

D. G. Water Resources Management
E-mail: alieroka@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: +211-919-804110


James Yiel Yok, D. G. Planning
Tel: +211911-294974


Peter Mahal Dhieu,

D. G. Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS)

Managing MDTF-RWSS Project
E-mail: pchooli@yahoo.com


Manhiem Bol Malek

Director for Rural Water Development

Responsible for MDTF-RWSSP Procurements
E-mail: manhiembol2007@gmail.com
Tel: +249-917-353600/+256-477-112217


Lawrence Muludyang, Director for Urban Water Programming
E-mail: muludyangl@yahoo.com


Gabriel Fonsiano Jada Gore, Director of Irrigation and Drainage
Tel: +249-912-860797


Alex Liki, D. D. for Training and Capacity Building.
Tel: +256-477-126642


 Web Site: http://www.rwssp-mwrigoss.org


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This article was updated on Jun 18, 2013