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Joko Widodo Should Have Discussed Healthcare instead of Crossroad Project in Nduga

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Enarotali, Jubi – The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, should have tackled the death of 47 toddlers in Mbuwa, Nduga Regency, Papua during his second visit to Papua recently.

“He should and must talk about health issues, including the death of 47 toddlers in Mbuwa Sub-district, Nduga Regency, instead of talking about the construction of Wamena – Nduga road. We don’t want his empty promises to Papuans, such as a market for Papuan women traders, Paniai case settlement,

flyovers, railways and so on,” said the Chairman of Student Association of Papua Central Highland in Indonesia (AMPTI) of Eastern Indonesia, Natan Naftali Tebai on Monday (4/1/2016).

He asserted in his current visit, the president only did a mapping on the potencies of natural resources for economic purpose. “So, we ask Mr. President to not come to Papua before realizing his last promises. Papuans need no one talking nonsense and do nothing,” said Tebay who was a member of volunteer team of Jokowi for President 2014 in Papua.

Earlier, after visiting Wamena City, Jayawijaya Regency for the second time (30/12/2015), the President Joko Widodo promised he would return to the Papua Central Highland region to monitor the Wamena-Nduga crossroad project that expected to be completed in next year.

“If not (done on time), I would scold the Minister of General Works and People Housing,” Jokowi told people during lunch in a people festive held in Lapangan Pendidikan Wamena on Tuesday (31/12/2015).

He stated if the crossroad was done, the prices of nine basic commodities, cement, and fuel could be reduced to 50 percent. On that occasion, he observed the road construction at Kenyam Village, Nduga Regency, which is one of the most isolated regions in Papua.

Besides being isolated, the road connecting Nduga and Wamena is located in the red zone or considerably has the high-risk security. This road construction is expected to improve such conditions within this area.

“Thus, the entire roads must be easy to access first. The distribution of goods must be done and the prices must be cheaper at that time,” said Widodo. (Abeth You/rom)

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Freeport’s one percent fund cannot guarantee Kamoro’s future

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Mathea Mamayou, a native Kamoro woman whose tribe affected tailings produced by PT Freeport Indonesia. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary for the Government, Politics, Law and Human Rights Commission of the Papua House of Representatives Mathea Mamoyao, who is also a Kamoro native, said ‘one percent fund’, 1% of Freeport’s gross revenues go to the local tribes, does not guarantee the sustainable future of those tribes.

“I don’t know whether this compensation is still there or not. I don’t want certain people took advantages on it, while people are still living under the poverty,” she told Jubi on Wednesday (18/7/2018).

Further, she said what she wants is a guarantee for the Kamoro tribe to live in a better condition in the future. But the fact is the education and health services in the Kamoro region is still poor. “For all the times, I’ll keep talking about it, because as a native, I don’t want the young generation of my tribe not to survive in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, the board of Meepago Customary Council John NR Gobai said indigenous peoples as the tenure landowners collect the promise of the Indonesian Government on the bargain involved Freeport, the Central Government and the landowners on 4 September 2017.

“At that time, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan agreed to accommodate the request of Amungme tribe asking Freeport to give a reimbursement of 1% fund which they received as the Corporate Social Responsibly funds into larger value shares,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Provincial health team takes more rest than work, says Kopkedat

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GIDI church missionaries, pastor and Kopkedat Papua provide public health services in Okmakot Village, Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District. – Jubi/Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Humanitarian Care Community for Remote Areas Papua (Kopkedat) Yan Akobiarek states despite education, public health services in Papua’s remote areas are still an issue.

Although the provincial health office has provided services to remote areas through several health programs such as Satgas Kaki Telanjang, Save Korowai and Nusantara Sehat, these programs have not well implemented.

“I think sending teams to remote areas is a good idea, but I get the impression that some team members only come for vacation, to work less and get more rest,” said Akobiarek told Jubi by phone on Tuesday (10/7/2018). For instance, he pointed out the team of Satgas Kaki Telanjang who are supposed to provide health service to villagers in Korowai. After the Ied al-Ftir break, their members are still not returning to their duty station.

Meanwhile, Maria Duwitau, the Vice Chairman of the Commission V on education and health of the Papuan House of Representative said doing health services in Papua, in particularly remote areas, is always connecting with a commitment. “No matter how greater of the offer, but without willingness and commitment, I think it’s useless,” Duwitau told Jubi not long ago. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Two young Papuans, selling newspapers for study

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Robi Wenda while serving his customer – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Awan Sol, a 19 years old student of Papuan Baptist Theology in Jayapura works part-time selling newspapers in front of the former Merpati Office at Abepura, Jayapura City to meet his daily needs.

Sol whom is native of Yahukimo District said he works early in the morning before the class and sell approximately 30 to 50 copies of newspapers every day. “Headlines are a factor whether newspapers will immediately be sold out or not. If I can sell 10, I got Rp 100 thousand. The more copies I sell, the more money I get. After the class, I continue to sell the rest of copies,” he told Jubi on Wednesday (4/7/2018).

Meanwhile, Robi Wenda, a student of Cenderawasih University has to postpone from his study due to financial issue. He is now selling the local newspapers at the Sentani Airport to support his needs. “I sell ‘Jubi’ and ‘Cepos’ every day,” he said to the reporter at the Sentani Airport, Jayapura District. (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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