Sentani, Jubi – Special expert of the President Joko Widodo, Lenis Kogoya said the president had no intention to let Papuan women traders known as mama-mama Papua suffer. The plan to grow the permanent market for Papuan women is still being materialized.
“I always follow up and monitor the president’s promise related to permanent market for mama-mama Papua during his campaign. For example, Papua Barat traditional market in Sorong, it is now on going as well as the market in Biak that has been starting with the road construction, and the construction of fish market in Youtefa, the fund has been budgeted,” he said when confirmed by Jubi at the Sentani Airport in Jayapura on last week.
He said so to respond the solidarity to support the market development for mama-mama Papua circulating in social media for last few days. “History proves that only the current president could visit Papua three times within a year. It showed that he is very concerned to what have been experienced by Papuan people, especially our women,” he said.
“Actually the mayor has prepared a location for mama-mama but they refused to be removed because the place is still on dispute. The regional government also must resolve the status of land ownership because the budget was already provided to build the market for mama-mama Papua,” he said.
Earlier, Joko Widodo promised mama-mama Papua to build a permanent market for them when he was visited Jayapura for first time during his presidential campaign three years ago. (Engel Wally/rom)