Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of Cenderawasih University (Uncen) students held a rally to remind the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe to keep his promise to resume the Special Autonomy fund to the Central Government.
The Chairman of Student Executive Body of Cenderawasih University Doni Donatus Gobai stated the protest is aimed to follow up the governor’s statement. “If what he said when inaugurating six regents and deputy regents at Papua Governor Office was from his heart, he must promptly act. Not only speak,” said Gobai to Jubi on Tuesday (02/03).
According to him, students are generation whose burdened with hopes and expectations. They have huge mandate to reveal or express suggestion or aspiration and to warn the related stakeholders, such as the government.
Protest Coordinator Herbert Amohoso said the students are known as street parliament in maintaining regional situation to be secured of regime’s dictatorship, of misuse power and of the stagnant of the Nation and the State as mandated by Constitution. “Yes, please resume the Special Autonomy fund. Mr. Governor must resume it. Shouldn’t longer to hold it,” said Amohoso.
“Special Autonomy fund must not become an issue of overtaking the order of life of he indigenous Papuan. It was too small for us; it couldn’t finance the development in Papua. I said better it resume to the Central Government because it was too small and not gave us benefit,” he said citing the governor’s statement on Wednesday (17/2/2016).
MPM Uncen Chairman Pontius Omoldonag said it is the students’ responsibility to become corrector and controller if the role of many elements could not be functioned properly.
“After made that statement, the governor has no taken any further step. So when? People have already rejected it because it failed. The governor has also followed the people’s choice. He is great for this reason. But when could he realize his statement if it was coming from his very heart?,” he said. (Abeth You/rom)
Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway
Papua, Jubi – Officials working on a troubled road project in Papua say Indonesia’s military will complete the job this year.
In December, at least 16 Indonesians working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga province were massacred by fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army.
The project was put on hold with the military saying it would take over work on the 4000 kilometre highway.
Combat engineers will reportedly carry out the construction, with hundreds of extra security personnel deployed to the area.
Detik News reports a military battalion has been assigned to the building of the project’s remaining 16 bridges.
Indonesian army engineers had already been working on the Trans-Papua Highway project for a number of years.
Military involvement in the project was cited by the Liberation Army as a central reason for killing the road workers, who were suspected of being soldiers. (*)
Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport
Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.
Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.
Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.
He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.
Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.
The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,
He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)
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
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