President Jokowi Visits Trans Papua Construction Site
On the second day of his working visit to Papua, President Joko Jokowi Widodo on Wednesday (10/5) is scheduled to leave for Wamena, Jayawijaya, to visit Trans Papua road project site.
Tomorrow, we will see the project of road construction connecting Wamena with Kenyam, the President said during the inauguration of Skouw Border Post in Muara Tami District, Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday (9/5).
The President added that the terrain in Papua is very difficult so the roads are being constructed not only by Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing but are also in collaboration with the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI). With that cooperation, it is expected that the project will be done faster.
The distance from Wamena to Kenyam is 200 kilometers in total. Due to the difficult terrain, the TNI cleared the area to build the road, the President said.
Some part of the roads have already been laid with asphalts, some have not; yet, the President said, the most important thing is that the areas have to be cleared first. The asphalts part can follow. The most important thing is to clear the area. If we have no courage to do so, it wont be finished, the President firmly said.
President Jokowi also hopes the road can be operated in 2018. I hope that everything related to infrastructure projects can be begun. The Minister (of Public Works and Public Housing) said that it is targeted to be completed in 2019 but I said it should be in 2018. But I think the Minister has to talk with the TNI Commander first and the Governor before beginning the project. And it has to be finished, the President concluded.
Before leaving for Wamena, President Jokowi visited Pasar Mama-Mama in Jayapura.
During the visit, the President was accompanied by First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise, Minister of Social Affairs Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Minister of Health Nila Moeloek, and Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki. (UN/GUN/ES) (Naster/YM/EP)