South Sudan and the Sudan have agreed to reopen oil wells in the contested Heglig area on their common border. South Sudan’s Information minister and government spokesman Michael Makuei announced that a joint team from Juba and Khartoum would soon assess the damage to the oil wells in the area inflicted by the 2012 war. “The two sides have agreed to reopen all the wells within three months,” Mr Makuei said. The announcement came following a visit by Khartoum Foreign Affairs minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed to Juba on Tuesday.
Heglig is located between Southern Kordofan in the north and former Unity State in the south. The area remains a source of tension between the two Despite its vast mineral resources particularly oil, South Sudan is gripped by poverty and poor economic growth. Politicians from the young nation have been accused of squandering the oil money to benefit them rather than improve the public infrastructure and develop country. President Salva Kiir leadership has been blamed for poor economic policies that have worsened hunger, underdevelopment and poverty in the young nation.