goodmorningpapua.com – Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tomi Mano supports the division of Papua. In his opinion, the division of the New Autonomous Region (DOB) can bring services closer to the local community.
Benhur considered that the division of Papua must be determined, considering the large number of Papuans and the farthest isolated areas, so that new autonomous regions must be realized immediately.
“I support the division of Papua, for the sake of equitable development and community welfare, as well as shortening the span of control of services to the community,” he said, quoted Friday (29/4/2022).
On the other hand, the formation of new autonomous regions or the division of Papua, said Benhur, is also expected to encourage the regions to become more advanced in terms of economy, education and health and the Human Development Index (IPM) is also getting better.
“With the New Autonomous Regions (DOB), the division of territory is even, so that the provinces can compete to develop their respective regions, not just piling up on the provincial capital in Papua,” said Benhur.
He further hoped that with these various objectives, the new autonomous region plan could be realized by immediately dividing Papua into 3 provinces, namely Central Papua, South Papua and Central Highlands Papua.
Benhur added that Jayapura as the capital of the Papua Province he leads, has a population of 362,998 and is very heterogeneous.
Jayapura’s condition is very congested with crowds of people in the provincial capital.
“The granting of Special Autonomy funds to the City of Jayapura is very small, we find it difficult to divide it into 5 major programs such as education, health, infrastructure, economy and others, so with our vision to build from village to city and we will use up this Special Autonomy fund to serve a very heterogeneous society in Jayapura City within the framework of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia,” said Benhur.
Meanwhile, he continued, the rejection of the planned expansion of Papua is a natural thing in a democratic country like ours.
But Benhur emphasized that the final decision rests with the central government, seeing how Papua must progress and prosper.
“Therefore I invite all of us Papuan people to support the new autonomous regions, because the central government’s policy is not to make the people miserable, but how to advance the people so that they advance in all fields, be it government, development and community development. Let’s support this central government’s policy,” said Benhur.