Government to restore public facilities damaged in Papua unrest

"We have identified (the facilities), and we are optimistic of the cost of their renovation not being too high"

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The government will conduct the renovation of buildings and public facilities that had incurred damage during the rioting that had erupted in Jayapura on August 29, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated.

"We have identified (the facilities), and we are optimistic of the cost of their renovation not being too high," Hadimuljono noted here on Tuesday.

The minister confirmed that government offices, shops, and public residences will be prioritized during renovation.

Hadimuljono confirmed that the renovation work will begin on Tuesday in Waena, Jayapura Port, as well as target public facilities in other areas damaged during the protest that took a violent turn on late August.

"We have coordinated with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help restore public shops and residences," he stated.

However, the government has yet to furnish details on the number of buildings and public facilities that have to be renovated.

The mass rally on August 29 in Jayapura over racist slurs against Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java, turned violent, as protestors started pelting stones and torching some buildings.

Among the public facilities that suffered damage in the rioting were the offices of Papua People's Assembly (MRP), Papua Religious Empowerment Agency, Papua Agriculture and Food Resilience Office, Papua Health Office, Jayapura parliament building, Religious Affairs Office, Law and Human Rights Office, and Jayapura One Stop Administration Services (Samsat) Office.

Source: ANTARA News

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