05 March 2023
Harita Nickel officially handed over the Obi sub-district office building that has completed its construction process to the Government of South Halmahera Regency. The handover ceremony was carried out by the Director of External Relations of PT Trimegah Bangun Persada (PT TBP) Stevi Thomas to the Regent of South Halmahera, Usman Sidik who also inaugurated the operation of the Obi Sub-district Office located in Laiwui, Obi Island, South Halmahera, on Sunday (5/3/2023).
At the same time, Stevi Thomas also symbolically handed over the Sea Ambulance to the Regent of Halsel. This ambulance will be utilized for the needs of Obi-residents. In this inauguration ceremony, Stevi Thomas and Usman Sidik also signed an inscription. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Regent of South Halmahera, Hassan Ali Bassam Kasuba, elements of the South Halmahera Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), and a number of members of the South Halmahera DPRD.
For the record, the groundbreaking for the construction of the Obi Sub-district office building covering an area of 543 square meters was carried out in August 2022 last year. Its construction was able to empower local residents by employing around 50 local workers and was carried out by local contractors with supervision from the South Halmahera Perkim Office.
Director of External Relations of PT TBP, Stevi Thomas stated that in about eight months of construction, finally, the Obi Sub-district office building was ready to be occupied. "Obi, with all its activities and people, has become an important aspect of Harita Nickel," said Stevi. The support of residents, as well as other stakeholders, especially from the local government, Stevi continued to be important for Harita Nickel in providing smooth operations.
"On behalf of all management and employees, we thank you for this, on that basis we are also present here today in the inauguration of the new Obi District office building," said Stevi. Stevi added construction of the Obi District office by Harita Nickel is a kind of Harita Nickel's support to the South Halmahera Regency Government in improving services to the community.
"Hopefully with the operation of the Obi Sub-district Office can support the performance of Obi Sub-district government in terms of administrative services to the community in Obi Island," said Stevi.
Stevi also emphasized that the sea ambulance donation was handed over to help improve and speed up health services for Obi residents. This transportation facility is a complement to Harita Nickel's contribution to supporting health services on Obi Island.
"These donations can be considered as our support for the Government of South Halmahera Regency in improving services to the community," said Stevi.
Previously in November 2022, Harita Nickel also handed over one unit of a Fire Fighting fleet (Damkar) and one unit of a Garbage Collection truck fleet worth Rp 2 billion to the Government of South Halmahera Regency.
Stevi added that the Community Development Team of Harita Nickel with fostered farmers in Buton Village had conducted a rice harvest last week. Through the Obi Food Security Center (SENTANI) program, farmers have harvested twice with yields increasing 5 times compared to before.
"This is a great thing to be grateful for amidst the global food crisis," said Stevi.
The yield of harvested dry grain (GKP) from the rice harvest this time reached 5.3 tons per hectare from a total of 12 hectares of paddy fields. This yield increased sharply compared to the previous harvest prior to the company's assistance, which was only 1 ton of GKP per hectare. "We also foster 15 other farmer groups / BUMDES in the Obi island area with various agricultural commodity cultivation, and the results are partly marketed to the company," explained Stevi.
Support for the community certainly does not stop there. In addition to facilities and infrastructure, the company continues to provide assistance and support in terms of health, education, and other programs in the economic, infrastructure, and socio-cultural fields.
Stevi asserted that the assistance and success of various kinds of Community Empowerment & Development (PPM) programs are certainly not due to Harita Nickel itself, but thanks to the support of various parties, especially good cooperation with the community and assistance from the South Halmahera Regency Government. "All of this, of course, can be realized thanks to the synergy with the local government for one goal, that is, the welfare of the community. For this, once again we thank you," said Stevi.
Meanwhile, South Halmahera Regent Usman Sidik expressed his gratitude to Harita Nickel for helping to build the Obi Sub-District Office and also providing a Sea Ambulance for the Obi Sub-District community. "Obi Sub-district Office is arguably the most luxurious sub-district office in North Maluku, for that representing the Halsel Regency Government and the community I would like to thank Harita, this is very extraordinary, all community concerns are always supported by Harita Nickel," Usman said.
Usman added that the Obi Sub-District Office will also be used as the second regent's office, in addition to the Regency Capital, so when visiting Obi he can set up an office. "I will make this Obi sub-district office as my second office when visiting Obi. I will instruct the Head of Assets to organize my furniture on the second floor of this office," Usman said.