Merauke, Jubi – The Ministry of Housing and Public Works plans to build a canal in Papua Province.
“President Jokowi is planning to build sixty-five canals in Indonesia, which encouraged me for taking initiative to meet the minister and president to tell that we also would build a canal in Papua,” said the Head of Canal Center, Directorate General of Water Resource Imam Santoso in Mereauke on Friday (26/8/2016).
According to him Papua has some major rivers that are potential for the canal. In near future, his office would conduct an assessment to determine the location of the canal.
“We will conduct a feasibility study at Digoel River and Mamberamo River to assess which one the most feasible. We are projecting that the construction could be started in 2017 or 2018,” he said.
Merauke Regent Sularso appreciated the Central Government’s plan on canal construction. According to him, when the plan was materialized in Merauke, the supply of water for the local community would be accomplished.
“We expect the support to realize the construction of canal to be done immediately,” he said.
He said the calan was not for agriculture only, but also to meet the people’s need on clean water, as well as for recreation.
He explained in Merauke, there are several watersheds (DAM) crossing to Papua New Guinea, such as DAS Bian, DAS Sakiramke, DAS Digoel and DAS Fly River. (*/rom)
A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas
Jayapura, Jubi – Education, in Papua today is still a sad story since many schools in outreached or border areas have to struggle to continue their activities even without adequate support from the government.
An educational activist Agustinus Kadepa said the education in Papua, especially in the border and outreached areas, is a complex issue, from the lack of teachers’ attendance to lack of teaching facilities that hampers the learning activities at school.
“This is complicated. Furthermore, we know that a good and qualified educational education could exist when it gains support from many aspects, namely the economy, educational facilities, public awareness of education and so on. Therefore, I think these factors have made many teachers prefer to live in town rather than in those remote areas,” said Kadepa on Thursday (24/1/2019).
Another factor is when teachers apply for the position of civil servants. It has an indirect impact on the number of teachers staying at schools, especially in remote areas. Because most of those teachers would accept the new position as a civil servant and choose to live in town rather than continue teaching in remote areas.
Meanwhile, this problem also considered by the village chief of Kampung Moso, Muara Tami Sub-district of Jayapura Municipality, Agus Watapoa. He said that all the time the primary schools of the Indonesian and PNG border have not a sufficient number of teachers. Therefore, the children are neglected and cannot study at school.
“Teachers who teach in this school village come late to school, at 10 in the morning. So this school is not well running. It’s still open but just not running very well because we only have two classes with a roof,” he said. (*)
Reporter: Agus Pabika
Editor: Pipit Maizier
Papua Bangkit Stadium will ready in March 2019
Jayapura, Jubi – Sports Department of Papua Province is targeting the construction of Papua Bangkit Stadium which meets the FIFA standard located in Kampung Harapan, Jayapura Regency will finish in March 2019
Meanwhile, the Department Head of infrastructure management of Sports and Youth Provincial Office Bernard Sitorus claimed the construction has 97 per cent finished. It only needs small finishing works.
“We continue to push our works, so it would be ready when President Widodo come for its launching,” Sitorus told reporters in Jayapura on Thursday (24/1/2019).
This 45,000-capacity stadium that spent approximately IDR 1.3 trillion of Papua Provincial Budget would be one of the biggest stadiums built in the eastern Indonesia region.
Separately, Dolly Abu Zain, the Site Engineering Manager of PT PP Tbk, added to accelerate the construction, approximately 900 workers were involved in this project, and some facilities including LED and electronic scoreboard have already been installed.
Meanwhile, the instalment of paving blocks for road access to the stadium has 100 per cent completed, as well as the roof installation. Now the homework left is to finish the instalment of the synthetic track.
“Meanwhile, it only needs small finishing works for the inside of the stadium. All chairs (for the audience) already installed,” said Dolly. (*)
Reporter: Alexander Loen
Editor: Pipit Maizer
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