Alexander Loen, Jayapura, Jubi – Deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Alexander Marwata has called on regents and mayors in Papua to strengthen and practice good governance as it is important to prevent corruption.
"As part of the corruption prevention program, the KPK encourages the implementation of eight focus areas based on the corruption risk assessed from the commission's experience of handling graft cases," Marwata said during a meeting on the supervision of integrated corruption prevention in Jayapura City on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.
He said that the key to preventing corruption was the strong commitment of regional leaders, namely the regional heads together with the Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD). "There must be a strong commitment in preventing corruption," he said.
Marwata also asked both the local administration and lawmakers in Papua to maintain integrity, and continue to strengthen integrated governance. He also urged regional heads to empower the Government Internal Supervisory Apparatus (APIP) so that they could carry out adequate supervision.
"They are the bodyguards of [regional heads] in running the government for five years. Its capacity must be strengthened by providing training, [increasing] the number of auditors and budget," he said.
According to Marwata, every local government must address the problem of its assets controlled by other parties. He reminded that every asset of the local government must have a valid legal basis. "The KPK continues to encourage the acceleration of regional government asset certification to prevent state or regional financial losses," he added.