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Where Can I Find the Government?!

Osman Mirghani

One of the Sudanese professors who completed his high education abroad returned to Sudan in a short visit with some giant projects and proposals which he want to present to the government.

He asked me where he can find the government to listen to me.

I told him that the question breeds two questions, the first is what is the meaning of (government), and the second is (where can we find it?)

In this context, it is assumed that the word (government) points to the parallel authority to the issue. For instance, if the issue is related to bilateral relations with another country, where the government is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; but inside the Ministry, there is no need to meet the minister personally as there are directorates and departments to deal with any issue unless it has something to do with sovereignty, then it could be referred to the Minister or the Undersecretary.

The determination of the government here is very crucial.

The second part is where can I find the government?

The professor asked if the huge project has a higher national nature above the authorities of the ministries and it would be better to meet the Prime Minister personally, but how can I reach him?

I advised him to go to the reception of the Council of Ministers building and ask for meeting the Prime Minister.

He asked me embarrassedly, isn’t it possible to arrange for that through e-mails or any other contact means assuming that there is a Front Desk in the Council of Ministers to arrange for such meetings?

Frankly, I didn’t have an answer, because I don’t know how the meetings of the high executive authorities are arranged for. Is there any modern communication mechanism that allows for that? Or is it limited to personal relations?

The whole issue is related to the interconnection within the government and between the government and the citizens.

It is high time for the government to find out an institutional method to allow for any citizen to communicate with its officials directly without any need to blockade the road or holding banners in front of the Council of Ministers’ building.

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