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Papua Governor Ignores Jokowi’s Request to Build Market for Women Traders

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Robert Jitmau at traditional market, Jayapura – facebook

Jayapura, Jubi – The secretary of Solidarity Papuan Traders (Solpap), Robert Jitmau, accused Papua Governor Lukas Enembe of ignoring Joko Widodo’s instruction related to the construction of a market for Papuan women traders.

He said Solpap and the Working Group under the leadership of Judith Dipodeputro have worked hard for the development of a market located on Percetakan street in Jayapura city.
“Currently, we coordinate with the ranks of Papua government and related ministry to prepare Damri’s land and set temporal office as well as about the market,”Robert Jitmau said when contacted by Jubi via cell phone on last week.

Although the team has worked hard but it seemed slow in realization, as well as the latest signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Provincial Government of Papua & Damri.
“Solpap and Papua Working Group concluded that Lukas Enembe does not really pay attention on the basic needs of indigenous people of Papua,” he said.

He continued, the governor was only rhetoric and still prioritized ceremonial activities in order to seek popularity.
“For example, National Sports Week (PON) is more important than the development process of the market,” he said again.

Chairman of the Working Group (WG Papua) Judith Dipodeputro, said that the vagueness of the Mama mama Market development, is direct evidence of violations presidential order committed by Lukas Enembe.
“Because the market development is a national program and one of president’s priorities,” said Judith Dipodeputro via electronic mail received by Jubi on Monday (12/10/2015).

He added that it is also a form of not respect for the hard work of the Working Group Papua formed directly by Joko Widodo to handle the matter of the development of these markets.

He then said governor is also asked to immediately evaluate the performance of subordinates and replace each Work Unit (SKPD) that inhibit the process of market development.
“Solpap and Papua Working Group hope the governor can explain directly to the President, Joko Widodo about it,” he added.

“We also ask the committee to coordinate with the Working Group and Solpap Papua so that nothing is hidden and can be done together,” he stated. (Munir/ Tina)

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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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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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Where does Rp 9.56 billion for Panggama Airport’s construction go?

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Papuan Legislator Natan Pahabol (blue shirt) with the Yahukimo community. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan legislator from Yahukimo, Yalimo and Pegunungan Bintang electoral districts Natan Pahabol questioned the funds allocated for the airport construction in Panggama Sub-district Yahukimo.

He said the Papua Provincial Government allocated Rp 11.95 billion in 2016 to renovate the Panggama Airport. The amount of Rp 9.56 billion has disbursed to the contractor in the fiscal year 2017. In the same year, the contractor began to work on the former airport that was built by missionaries from the European Evangelical Agency around 1972-1973 in collaboration with the GKI Synod in Tanah Papua under the leadership of the Rev. Adam Roth.

“After that, the work discarded and until now the airport has not finished. So when it rains so heavy, the airport is flooded. By this year it cannot be used,” said Pahabol to Jubi on Friday (6/7/2018).

Further, he said during this time, the local community, especially the church workers from GKI Yalimo and Anggruk depend on this airport for their only access in and out of the region by using the small-bodied aircraft. Now, their access has obstructed due to the construction.

“We are questioning to the Public Works Office, who’s responsible for the airport’s construction? The airport is for the public access, so we hope the office could immediately find out who the contractor is?” he said.

Another Papuan legislator, John NR Gobai said it is not just the Panggama Airport but infrastructure development in some areas, especially in Papua has not finished for years. “For instance, Karang Tumarisita Bridge in Nabire District. It has not finished for three years, and it’s a responsibility of the government agency,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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