Papuan Women Traders Need Provincial Government’s Attention


Jayapura, Jubi – Dozens of Papuan women traders who are members of the Papuan Indigenous Trader Solidarity (SOLPAP) walked to the Papua Legislative Council’s Office on Tuesday (14/4/2015) demanding attention from the local government and parliament.

They demanded authorities see for themselves the sorry condition of their temporary traditional market located at Jalan Percetakan, Jayapura City.
“The roof is not suitable. When it rains, the water is pouring in the tent and disturb our activities. We come to the Papua Legislative Council to voice our aspirations to the government. They must care about their people,” represented her colleagues Welly Wardjuku told to reporters.

She said they have sent a letter to the Papua General Affairs Office but have not received the response yet. Therefore she asked the Papua Legislative Council to visit the market as reference to the Provincial Government to respond their demand.

After talking with the women traders, some councilors directly went to the market. The Papua Legislative Council’s Commission IV Chairman for Infrastructure, Boy Dawir said it’s their responsibility to follow up the people’s aspiration. “The market’s roof should definitely be replaced, because it could only resist for five years, since 2010. We will forward their aspiration to the related office and hope it could be follow up soon, Dawir said.

Meanwhile, the Head of Human Settlement and Fresh Water of Papua General Affairs Office, Yan Ukago said his office would accelerate the procurement of the roof. He said the roof must be procured from Australia. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


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