Governor of Enembe Will Repatriate Students Recipients of Special Autonomy Scholarships

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PAPUA DAILY – The Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe plans to repatriate all students from Papua who are studying at home and abroad.

“All of the children who we send scholarships to next year have to go home, because there are no scholarships. This year, all of them are dismissed or we will write to their parents to send them home,” said Governor Enembe, Saturday (20/11/2021).

The reason that Governor Enembe will repatriate the students who received the Otsus scholarship is allegedly because the Papuan Government is disappointed with the Central Government’s policy, which is considered to have taken over the authority of the Papuan Government in terms of distribution of revenue for Special Autonomy funds as contained in Law Number 2 of 2021 concerning the second amendment to Law Number 21 2001 concerning Special Autonomy for Papua.

“Law Number 2 of 2021 makes us (the Papuan Provincial Government, ed) have no authority, all centers regulate it,” said Governor Enembe, Saturday (20/11/2021).

Governor Enembe admitted that he was disappointed because the state entrusted him with the welfare of Papua but was not given the authority. “Law Number 2 makes us not have all authority taken over, everything is regulated by the center. Planning all of them,” he said.

Previously, the Deputy Speaker of the Papuan DPR, Yunus Wonda, said that the 2021 Papuan APBD would experience a significant decrease from the previous year. “Next year we will only manage IDR 8 trillion of funds from IDR 14 trillion in the 2021 APBD,” said Yunus Wonda.

He admitted that one of the factors in the decline in the APBD was related to the distribution of revenue from the Special Autonomy Fund in 2022 which was regulated directly by the central government.

“The new rules for the distribution of revenue for Special Autonomy funds are regulated by the Central Government, and this will affect the financial characteristics of the Papua Provincial Government so that the APBD automatically decreases,” explained the Democratic politician.