Kimaam tribes in Merauke Distrik using traditional boat for transportation (Jubi)
Merauke, Jubi (21/1) – The procurement of Ship LCT by the District Government of Merauke of total 18 billion rupiah that has been approved in the Local Government Budget (APBD) 2013 was questioned by the local People’s Representative Council as until now the ship is not yet operating.
The Chairman of the Commission A of the People’s Representative Council of Merauke District, Dominikus Ulukyanan, said residents in Kimaam Island which is covering the sub districts of Kimaam, Waan, Tabonji and Ilwayab, are wondering when the ship will operate to service the public.
“Honestly, as the Member of Parliament, we have duty and responsibility to the people. Therefore, when they asked about this ship, of course we have to provide them an explanation for not making them keep wondering,” he said to tabloidjubi.com
in his desk on Tuesday (21/1), Merauke, Papua.
Ulukyanan reveals that 90 percent of Kimaam Island’s residents are living in the coastal area. There is almost no road access connecting to the other sub-district. Thus the ship is a solution of transportation for people can transport their local commodities for sale to the city or other place.
The local community of Kimaam Island, he explained, has the potential commodities such as fish, sago as well as tubers. But they encountered a problem of marketing. If the ship were already there, it would be very useful for the community who are actually the indigenous Papuans to distribute their local commodities.
The District Government Secretary (Sekda) of Merauke, Daniel Pauta says that actually the ship was already procured and will be able to operate for people in the Island Kimaam. However, the local government still needs to complete the procurement administration. “Yes, if all goes well, the ship is already there and ready to operate within next month,” he said. (Jubi/Ans/P. Maizier)