Wednesday, 21 Augst 2019 | 12:04 WIB

Two Indonesian Ministries Collaborate to Develop Infrastructure in Bengkulu

Indonesian Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo (special)

NORTH BENGKULU, NETRALNEWS - Indonesian Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo says Bengkulu is one of the provinces that the government has put serious attention to, as poverty rate in Bengkulu ranks 9th out of 10 provinces in Sumatra.

According to Eko, Bengkulu has great potential in increasing economic growth. One of the problems is the lack of infrastructure and connectivity is one of the factors slowing economic growth in Bengkulu.

"In Bengkulu, one of the problems is infrastructure, which is why I collaborate with the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) to jointly attack infrastructure development, one of which is this bridge," said Minister Eko while reviewing the bridge in Wonoharjo Village, District Giri Mulya, Bengkulu Utara District recently, as reported by the Ministry of Trade PDTT website.

According to Eko, collaboration and synergy between ministries in building villages is very important, as is the central government with local government and community participation.

"We have the Minister of PUPR, almost all requests from the North Bengkulu Regent are granted, five bridges will be built for North Bengkulu. From the Ministry of Agriculture will be assisted 60 cows ready for pregnancy and excavator assistance, also from the Ministry of BUMN will help through BUMDes "The gas station is an extraordinary commitment," Eko said optimistically.

Meanwhile, PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the construction of these bridges was one form of collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PDTT to prioritize production roads. In addition, Sumatra also needs to be strengthened related to disaster defense and plantation production roads.

"We are the kroyokan with Mr. Eko, with village funds, to jointly build the village road. We work must collaborate. Hopefully it can increase the smooth connectivity in this village," he explained

North Bengkulu Regent, Mian is optimistic that the 37 meter long and 4 meter wide bridge will be completed this year. The existence of a shaft road bridge which was previously only a wooden bridge is expected to facilitate access and become a production road so as to improve the economy of the residents.