Vice President Ma’ruf Amin is scheduled to work from an office in Papua for about a month to monitor the implementation of a number of development programs. This was stated by a representative of the West Papua Special Autonomy Development Acceleration Steering Committee (BP3OKP), Irene Manibuy, Wednesday (8/2/2023).
“After his 80th birthday, he will work in an an office in Papua,” Irene told Antara in Manokwari on Wednesday.
Irene further explained that the Vice President as Chairman of the Papua Steering Committee at BP3OKP will later conduct working visits to six provinces in Papua, namely Papua, West Papua, Southwest Papua, Central Papua, Mountainous Papua, and South Papua.
“It is estimated that he will visit Papua after Eid,” she said.
She stated that the expansion of four new autonomous regions (DOB) had an impact on budget allocations in the main province but the Central Government was committed to continuing to oversee development throughout Papua.
This is evidenced by President Joko Widodo conducting several working visits and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s upcoming working visit.
“The main region’s budget is reduced. This is just the beginning, the Central Government continues to make arrangements,” said Irene.
According to her, the policy adopted regarding the size of the budget allocation is related to the population of each district in a province.
Therefore, both provincial and district / city governments must work together with the Central Government so that al problems can be resolved properly.
“That’s why Mr Paulus Waterpauw was appointed as Chairman of the Association of Governors in the Land of Papua,” she added.
Irene invited all people in the Land of Papua to see the expansion policy as an effort by the Central Government to reduce the span of control of local government governance in order to realise the welfare of the Papuan people.