President Jokowi Distributes 510 Waqf Land Certificates in West Sumatra
President Joko Jokowi Widodo instructed Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of National Land Agency (BPN) Sofyan Djalil to issue Waqf Land Certificates for all mosques, musholla, Islamic boarding shools, and madrasa given there are many of those which have not been certified yet, particularly in the regions, villages, or municipalities.
The statement was enunciated by President Jokowi in his remarks during a working visit to Padang, West Sumatra to distribute Waqf Land Certificates at Jamiatul Huda Mosque, on Monday (21/5).
The President also received complaints about land disputes from several people. Therefore, I instruct Minister Agrarian and Spatial Planning to immediately issue land certificates, and thank God, alhamdulillah, today we will distribute 510 certificates to you, President Jokowi said to the people attending the event.
Furthermore, the Head of State also asserted that todays distribution is only one small step, but at least, it indicates a progress that legal proof of property ownership is given to mosques, musholla, Islamic boarding schools, and other places of worship.
We hope this will eliminate land disputes because legal proof of property ownership is given to you all, President Jokowi added.
In his remarks, the President also mentioned the development of infrastructure projects in West Sumatra Province.
Before heading here, I inaugurated Minangkabau Express Train in Padang. In addition to the train, the Minangkabau International Airport which currently can accommodate 2.7 million people per year will be expanded, President Jokowi said.
Insyallah, by the end of 2019, the expansion of the international airport will be completed, so it can accommodate up to 5.7 million passengers per year, the President added.
To develop tourism sector in this Province, the Government will also build roads to access Mandeh (tourist destination in West Sumatra). We hope that place can turn into a great tourist attraction, President Jokowi said adding that he once visited Mandeh before.
The President admitted that though Mandeh has absolutely beautiful landscape, there is no road infrastructure yet. Thus, it should be constructed. He also added that the development of toll roads has just begun.
We hope that once the development of infrastructure is completed, it will increase economic growth in West Sumatra, President Jokowi said.
In the future, beside developing facilities and infrastructures, the Government will focus on human resources development. According to the President, developing our human resources into a person with good character and dignity, morally correct, high productivity, and discipline must be done across the country.
Accompanying President Jokowi in the event were First Lady Ibu Iriana, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Transportation Budi K. Sumadi, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, member of the Presidential Advisory Council (Wantimpress) Sidarto Danusubroto, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Archandra Tahar, Governor of West Sumatra Irwan Prayitno. (DNS/RAH/EN) (RAS/MMB/Naster)