Central Papua Agrees on the Capital City of Nabire

goodmorningpapua.com – The division of the land of Papua is being discussed. There are those refuseing but there are also those who support the expansion efforts, such as Central Papua and South Papua.

For the division of Central Papua, the regents in the customary territory of Meepago agreed that the capital for the division of Central Papua is Nabire. Why choose Nabire? This is based on Law 45 of 1999 where Nabire Regency is the main city of Paniai and Nabire Regencies.

The Regent of Paniai, Meki Fritz Nawipa, said that the division of Central Papua had long been in accordance with Law 45 1999 concerning the division of Papua, Central Papua and West Papua. Where Papua’s capital city is Jayapura, Central Papua’s capital is Nabire and West Papua’s capital is Manokwari.

“We hope to enter the districts of Nabire, Deiyai, Dogiyai, Paniai, Intan Jaya and Puncak Jaya in Central Papua and the capital city is Nabire,” said Meki Regent Nawipa Paniai to reporters in Abepura, Tuesday (15/2).

Meki Nawipa explained, related to the division of Central Papua, so far there has been a study from the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Jogjakarta and now the process is still in the DPR RI. But what is certain, according to Meki Nawipa, is that Central Papua, with the capital city of Nabire, will prosper the Papuan people.

“Timika is an industrial city so it cannot be the capital city. If Timika wants to join us,  we have to agree that the capital city is Nabire. But if Timika wants to be alone, please join the others. This is our commitment from the regents in Meepago, Nabire and surrounding areas,” he explained.

For the preparation itself, according to the Regent of Meki Nawipa, in the near future the Regent of Nabire will raise the nameplate of the office of the Governor of Central Papua in Nabire Regency. In fact, the land has also been prepared.

“In the near future, the Regent of Nabire will invite Commission II of the DPRI and regents throughout Meepago to meet in Nabire,” he said.

Meki Nawipa emphasized that if Jakarta wanted the capital city of Central Papua to be in Timika, then those in Central Papua would join Jayapura. “We are non-compromising with Mimika, still guided by Law 45 of 1999. Where it is written that Central Papua’s capital is Nabire,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Regent of Nabire, Mesak Magai, said that Nabire Regency is the oldest district in the Meepago region. In addition, Nabire Regency has also divided three regencies, namely Paniai, Puncak Jaya and Dogiyai. This is the reason that the capital city of Central Papua must be in Nabire Regency.

Mesak explained further that Nabire Regency is the central city in Central Papua. When talking about Papau, one must not forget that there are five oldest central cities in Papua, namely Jayapura, Jayawijaya, Merauke, Nabire and Biak.

Mesak said, the regents throughout Meepago have also approved the placement of the capital city of Central Papua in Nabire Regency. For infrastructure readiness itself, Nabire Regency is located on the coast. So that Nabire Regency also has a sea toll port and even the transnational road from Nabire goes through to Puncak Regency. That way, access to goods and passengers is adequate.

In addition, the Nabire Regency Government through the Ministry of Transportation is building an airport with the size of a large-bodied aircraft. This indicates that the infrastructure readiness is sufficient in Nabire Regency.

“I, as the regent of the central district of the Meepago region, will invite the regents of the Meepago region, Commission II of the DPR RI and the Directorate General of Regional Autonomy to hold a meeting in Nabire to discuss this issue,” said the Regent of Nabire.

Meanwhile, regarding the existence of public opinion against it and so on, Mesak conveyed that it was the policy of the central government, which is certain whether or not the expansion will occur.

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