Papua Civil Servants Support Governor to Return Special Autonomy

Papua Civil Servants held the protest to support Governor’s statement - Jubi
Papua Civil Servants held the protest to support Governor’s statement – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Civil Servants Solidarity expressed support towards Papua Governor and Vice Governor to return the Special Autonomy to the Central Government.

The crowd showed their support by signing the 10 meters of white cloth after the regular morning assembly held in the yard of the Papua Governor Office.

“We support the governor to return the Special Autonomy to the Central Government,” said Yesaya Waromi in Jayapura on last week.

In response the act, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe admitted to conduct a thorough evaluation on Special Autonomy fund in the Working Meeting with the regents and mayor of Papua Region on 29 March 2016.

“Well, they expressed the aspiration, so we just took it. But obviously we will conduct an evaluation in the next Working Meeting,” said Enembe on Saturday (12/3/2015).

The governor said the evaluation over the expenditure of the 80 percent allocated Special Autonomy fund for regional/municipal governments is aimed to identify whether those allocated budgets were appropriately used to prosper the people of Papua.

“We will ask the regents whether it was enough or not. Whether these allocated funds were appropriate for community prosperity or not, we’ll ask,” he said.

Enembe said comparing to this current situation, Papua in fifty years ago was totally different, for instance the problem of education is extremely change.

“So everyone understands about the current situation in Papua. How could Aceh get Rp 7 trillion of the Special Autonomy fund, while Papua and Papua Barat only got Rp 7 trillion, it’s not fair,” he said.

He added how could the government allocated the same budget for Aceh and Papua while the level of difficulty between both regions is totally different. While the Central Government always mention about the amount delivered to Papua.

“Many things are not fair, so we’ll find solution for Papua Province but the Central Government give no response,” Enembe. (Alexander Loen/rom)