Jakarta (ANTARA) - Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono confirmed that President Joko Widodo's plan to inspect damaged roads in Lampung was pushed back to Friday (May 5), from this Wednesday's initial schedule.

The minister said, when met at the Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta on Wednesday, that he was clueless about the reason behind the postponement.

"I do not know. Maybe it was readjusted according to the president's (other) plans. You may inquire about this with the palace protocols," he remarked.

He steered clear from divulging further details regarding the exact locations that the president will inspect in Lampung.

Earlier, Hadimuljono noted that President Widodo's upcoming visit to Lampung was in the context of inspecting damaged roads in response to the viral circulated footage of roads on various social media platforms.

The head of state will also review whether the regional government's policy on the damaged roads' issue is appropriate.

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Prior to the president's visit to Lampung, the minister emphasized that there would be no instant repairs for damaged roads in the province. Related officials from the PUPR Ministry would simply conduct surveys at the locations that the president would visit, he said.

"No, there was no such instruction (for repair). However, we will conduct surveys at the locations. As for the repair process, I can ensure you that we have not received such an instruction," the minister said on Tuesday (May 3).

A damaged road at the Randu-Seputih Surabaya Intersection, Rumbia Sub-district, Central Lampung District, has been in the spotlight on social media platforms in recent weeks following criticism from Bima Yudho Saputro, a TikTok content creator, regarding development in Lampung.

According to Saputro, plenty of instances of damaged roads had proven that Lampung failed to make any significant progress in development.

For his content, the social media influencer originating from East Lampung District, was reported to the police by an advocate. However, the Lampung Regional Police has decided to cease investigation, as it found no criminal elements in the case.

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