Tsunami: Reconstruction in Aceh and Nias Island blocked by corruption
Inflation is delaying the reconstruction process. The early estimated price tag of €$ 4 billion is now 6. For Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW), improper actions, fraud and lack of coordination are the most important reasons.
ICW executive Firdaus Ilyas strongly urged the Aceh Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) to accelerate its reconstruction efforts in northern
According to the ICW, 97 billion rupiahs (€ 8 million) were lost due to corruption of BRR officials.
In a country where corruption is endemic, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had appointed Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, a man known for his probity, to chair the BRR. But even he seems to be unable to change things.
Various NGOs have complained that local building contractors are not respecting their contractual obligations and instead of building quake-proof homes in an area where quakes are weekly events are putting substandard units but are still being paid for the full cost.
The government has not given priority to rehabilitating local agriculture, he said, especially rubber, cocoa and coconut production, which are the mainstay of the local economy.
In Banda Aceh the anniversary is being remembered in a very sombre ceremony. People are still thinking that the tsunami early warning system has not yet been set up. The government had pledged a network with six stations in the capital of Banda Aceh and neighbouring Aceh Besar, but so far only one has been built.
Last year another had gone up at Cot Langkeumeuh, but it is still not yet operational.