President Jokowi Distributes 115 Waqf Land Certificates in West Java
Distribution of certificates should be accelerated since there are many complaints from the people regarding land disputes and agrarian matters, particularly on waqf (religious endowment).
The statement was made by President Joko Jokowi Widodo when distributing 115 waqf land certificates at Al-Ittihad Islamic Boarding School, Cianjur, West Java, on Friday (8/2).
There were no issues earlier but since mosques, mushollas (muslim prayer-rooms), and Islamic boarding schools must obtain legal proof of property ownership, namely land certificate, disputes may arise, the President said.
The Head of State went on to say that there are also disputes regarding waqf land in Jakarta and Sumatra due to difference in value when the land was endowed and the current land value.
Therefore, I instructed regional offices, the National Land Agency (BPN), the Head of BPN to immediately issue certificates for mosques, mushollas, madrasas (Islam-centered school), he added.
In addition, the President also affirmed the Governments effort to continue distributing thousands of certificates, particularly for mosques, mushollas, and madrasas to all regions from Sabang to Merauke, from Miangas to Rote Island.
So that there will be no more land disputes in the future. Distribution of waqf land certificates aims at eliminating land disputes and agrarian matters, he added.
President Jokowi also said that currently large number of certificates are yet to be issued because there are approximately 800,000 mosques and mushollas, and 30,000 madrasas in Indonesia.
The BPN need to complete its tasks since 70 to 80 percent of those properties have not been certified yet, the President firmly said.
Responding to reporters questions on the deadline to complete all waqf land certificate issuance in West Java Province, the Head of BPN regional office said that it will be completed by 2024.
God willing, Insha Allah, it will be completed in 2024. There are 126 million parcels of land in Indonesia that must be certified, yet, until the end of 2014, only 46 million certificates had been distributed. The remaining 80 million certificates are yet to be issued, he added.
Also on that occasion, President Jokowi asserted that the Government has issued 5 million certificates in 2017, 7 million certificates in 2018, and 9 million certificates this year.
The Head of BPN told me that the issuance of all certificates for the people across the country, including for mosques and mushollas, are estimated to be completed in 2025, the President firmly said.
Also accompanying President Jokowi in the event were, among others, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Coordinator for Presidential Special Staff Teten Masduki, and Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil. (DNA/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Yuyu Mulyani