Hopes ride high on Jokowi continuing development programs in Aceh

Hopes ride high on Jokowi continuing development programs in Aceh

West Aceh District Head H. Ramli MS took a photo with President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo while attending a government activity at a hotel in Jakarta recently. (Doc. ANTARA/Special)

Meulaboh (ANTARA) - West Aceh District Head Ramli MS is pinning high hopes on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) continuing different development programs in Aceh Province during the second term in office along with Vice President KH Ma'ruf Amin.

"During the leadership of Mr Jokowi, there was increasingly more development in Indonesia, including in Aceh. We are optimistic that Mr Jokowi would continue to prioritize Aceh's development in all fields," the West Aceh district head remarked in Meulaboh on Saturday.

President Jokowi has, until now, implemented several development programs in Aceh, including the construction of toll roads, Lhok Guci irrigation reservoirs in West Aceh, airports, and various other strategic programs to improve the progress and welfare of people in this area.

According to Ramli, concurrently chairman of the West Aceh branch of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), it also demonstrated that President Jokowi is a leader, who cares for the people in Aceh.

Hence, Ramli is upbeat that President Jokowi would continue to prioritize Aceh in varied development programs and boost the welfare and economy of people in the area.

To ensure that Aceh's development programs run better in future, he expressed hope that the regional governments in Aceh, especially districts and cities, would be directly involved in monitoring and managing budgets, through special allocation funds (DAK) and general allocation funds (DAU).

This strives to make the implementation of development programs in the regions easier in line with the aspirations and expectations of Aceh's people.

"We are optimistic of this budget management proposal being approved by the president, so that President Joko Widodo's target of boosting welfare of the people in the region will be realized as per expectations," he added.

Ramli MS also reiterated that the West Aceh district government will continue to wholly support all development programs implemented by the central government in the regions for the progress of the nation.

"I congratulate Mr Joko Widodo and Mr KH Ma'ruf Amin on being elected the president and vice president. We are confident that in the hands of Mr Jokowi, Indonesia would become more advanced and developed. I am confident that he will become a unifying force for the nation and all people in this beloved Republic of Indonesia, " Ramli MS stated.

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