Besides House, President Jokowi Asks the Sinabung Refugees are Given Farmland
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked that the relocation of refugees of Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, could be accelerated. This was conveyed by the President because of the 370 houses that have been built by the government, only about 130 houses are already occupied.
“We need to accelerate it, so that the refugees can be encouraged to enter into relocation sites,” the president said Jokowi, while leading a limited meeting regarding the handling of refugees of Mount Sinabung, in the office of the President, Jakarta, Thursday (18/6) afternoon.
Not just a matter of residence, President Jokowi also expressed about the job faced by the refugees.
“Means that is necessary also the farmland in order to give them the new jobs as they have done in previous places,” Jokowi said.
Previously when starting his speech, President Jokowi asserted that the issues relating to refugees, indeed must immediately reacted quickly, so that all those who need assistance could feel the presence of the government in resolving the problems.
As known, in order to prevent the casualties due to the continuing eruption of Mount Sinabung, the government relocated thousands of refugees to a safer location, in the village of Siosar, Tiga Panah District, Karo Regency.
Present in the closed meeting on refugees Sinabung, among others Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture (PMK) Puan Maharani, Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Planning/Head of Bappenas Andrinov Chaniago, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, and Chief Staff of the President, Luhut B. Pandjaitan. (Humas Setkab/ES)