President calls for continuation of BRR`s unfinished work

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
By nias

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked that unfinished jobs left behind by the Nias-Aceh Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency (BRR) should be continued.

In his address during a function on the disbandment of BRR here on Friday, the president said that the good management should also be continued in resuming the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Aceh and Nias after the tsunami disaster hit the regions in December 2004.

“I don`t want the quality of the reconstruction and rehabilitation to change, including the principles of good governance,” Yudhoyono said.

With the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 3/ 2009, the term of office of the BRR on Aceh and Nias is completed after it carried out reconstruction and rehabilitation for about four years in the two regions.

After the BRR was dissolved, its tasks would be continued by a body called the Agency for the Resumption of the Aceh and Nias Reconstruction.

The governor of Nanggroe Aceh Daurssalam will lead the agency to do the work in Aceh while the governor of North Sumatra would lead the rehabilitation project in Nias island, which is part of North Sumatra.

President Yudhoyono asked Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf and North Sumatra Governor Syamsul Arifin to continue the work and do unfinished jobs left by the BRR.

“I hope that with the same spirit the governors would continue and manage the work which would be carried out by the new agency,” he said.

BRR Head Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said BRR had allocated Rp3.3 trillion for the rehabilitation projects in 2009 which would be carried out by the rehabilitation resumption agency.

“Actually, the agency will carry out the leftover projects with its own budget. So, the Rp3.3 trillion is a reconstruction fund from BRR which would be continued by the new agency under the central and regional governments,” Mangkusubroto said.

He said that during its four-year term, BRR had completed 93 percent of the commitment provided by donors worth US$72 billion.

“I think BRR has made a world record as in other places the commitment could be finished at an average of 40 percent,” he added. (www.antara.co.id – 17 April 2009)

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