Jayapura , 20/3 (Jubi) – A director general at Papua’s public works department was accused of not empowering Papuans by placing two non-native people as heads of sub-divisions.
Meky Yoweni, one of the staff told reporters at Ombudsmen office in Entrop, Papua on Wednesday (19/3), said the decision of Happy Mulia, the director general of Water Resources, was unacceptable.
“There are still some staff who are capable and qualified to meet the requirements, ” Yoweni said.
According to Yoweni, Cenderwasih University and Science and Technology University in Jayapura have produced many engineering students with competence.
“I regret the policy because those who were appointed also have problems, ” he said.
He said that he was surprised when the two officials were inaugurated on March 3, 2014 because not long ago Happy mentioned that he would empower Papuans.
“Yet, the fact is different. Moreover, during the appointment process, he did not coordinate with the Public Works Department of Papua province,” he said.
The chairman of the Papua Ombudsman (ORI), Olif Sabar Iwanggin said they have visited the director general of Water Resources .
“We’ve been there but he was not there. So, we met with the head of the administration and explained the purpose of our visit and hoped that he would tell his boss, ” she said on Wednesday ( 19/3 ).
She said the president has given approval to the Papuans to handle large projects in Papua and questioned why native people are given less opportunity at the level of department. ( Jubi /Aprila/ Tina )