President Jokowi Inspects Road Infrastructure Repair in Bengkulu Province

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 21 Juli 2023
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President Jokowi inspects Kerkap – Tanjung Agung Pali road section in North Bengkulu regency, Bengkulu province, Friday (07/21) (Photo by: BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/Rusman)

The Government kicks off the process of repairing damaged road infrastructure in Bengkulu province. To that end, during his working visit to Bengkulu province, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Friday (07/21) inspected Kerkap – Tanjung Agung Pali road section in North Bengkulu regency, Bengkulu province.

On that occasion, the President ensured that national, provincial, and regional road infrastructure repair in Bengkulu province has begun.

“In Bengkulu province, 10 percent of national road needs improvement, and 40 percent of provincial, regional roads also need improvement,” he said in his statement.

President Jokowi went on to say that the Government will continue to expand the road infrastructure repair in the province, while underscoring that the repair will not only be carried out in Bengkulu province, but also in other provinces across Indonesia.

“The budget allocation for eight road sections in Bengkulu province is at Rp327 billion. It is our hope that the repair will be expanded,” he added.

President Jokowi further said that regional governments must be more focused on working and prioritizing budget allocation, especially in terms of infrastructure development.

“Earlier, I have told the regents, mayors, and governors that the budget allocation should be focused, the work should be focused. For example, if the road infrastructure needs improvement and need to be prioritized, extra budget should be allocated for it in the first and second years to complete the road infrastructure development. In the third and fourth years, you can focus on other issues including the economy and arrangement of markets,” the President added.

Furthermore, President Jokowi emphasized that regional governments should not be afraid to implement the budget realization as long as it is used wisely and responsibly.

“The duty of regional governments is to realize the budget. Why be afraid if you don’t corrupt anything? I used to be a mayor and a governor, as long as you don’t corrupt anything, there’s no need to fear. But once you corrupt something, it’s a problem,” he remarked. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (AP/MUR)

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