Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated 27 roads included in the Regional Road Presidential Instruction (IJD) in South Sulawesi Province.

The inauguration took place in Pangkajene Islands Districts (Pangkep) on Thursday.

"Today, I officiated 27 road sections of the Regional Road Presidential Instruction in South Sulawesi Province," he conveyed as noted in a statement from the Presidential Press Bureau on Thursday.

Jokowi explained that in 2023, the central government had provided a budget of Rp669 billion for South Sulawesi Province to build and repair 201 kilometers of roads in all districts and cities in the province.

"There were 27 roads included in the road repair project. On this Thursday, all of them have been completed," the president remarked.

He then highlighted that budget allocation for road repair would be increased. He also expressed hope that the construction of road sections would proffer a multitude of benefits to the people of South Sulawesi.

"We hope that all roads throughout South Sulawesi Province will be smooth and will help to improve inter-regional and inter-provincial connectivity," Jokowi remarked.

Indriyani, one of the local residents, expressed her gratitude for the construction of this road section. She remarked that the road, which was earlier damaged and caused several fatalities, is now better.

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"The road is better now, with no more holes. Previously, the damage was so severe to the point that it could cause accidents with fatalities," she stated.

Syahrir, another resident, also felt the benefits of the existence of this road. He also expressed his appreciation to President Jokowi's government.

"On behalf of the local residents, I am very grateful for the President's Instruction on the Presidential Road Program. Our people here, especially in Pangkep, are very grateful for the president's program. We really benefited from it," he noted.

SOEs Minister Erick Thohir, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, Acting Governor of South Sulawesi Bahtiar Baharuddin, and head of Pangkep District Muhammad Yusran Lalogau also accompanied the president at the inauguration.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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