Merauke Archbishop Questions Development Target for Indigenous Papuans


Merauke, Jubi – Merauke Archbishop Mgr Nicolaus Adi Seputra urged the local government to have definite and clear targets in building the capacity of indigenous Papuans in the villages.

“Frankly, I am concerned about the indigenous Papuans’ life. Therefore, as ministry in the Southern Papua, I hope the local government have a real work target,” he said on Saturday (19/12/2015)

He said he hoped if the target in number was achieved, people could see what have been done for indigenous Papuans for the next 25 years. Target, according to him, is not just a concept, but must be realized in practice.

“I take an example, in the next five years, how many Papuan doctors can be produced, as well as scholars in other sectors. At least there are results,” he said.

Another target needs to be achieved is infrastructure. For example in the next five years, 1000 kilometers of qualified asphalt roads for 50 years. So within a year, the road construction will be 200 kilometers.


Meanwhile Merauke Regent Romanus Mbaraka said within five years of his administration, twenties Marind youth have been sent for medical faculty. Next year, there are some would complete their studies and returned to devote themselves in this region.

In addition, the regent said ten Marind youth have been sent to Germany to continue their study. “My target was actually to encourage the indigenous Papuans to have school since I was elected in 2011,” he said. (Frans L Kobun/rom)

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