The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo commenced on Thursday his three-day working visit to North Sumatra, where he is scheduled to inaugurate the Titik Nol (Zero Point) Monument, which will mark the center of Islam of the Archipelago in Barus, Central Tapanuli regency.
North Sumatra Governor T. Erry Nuradi said President Jokowi would be in the province from March 23 to 25. Apart from inaugurating the Titik Nol Monument, the President will also visit the Mahligai Barus Cemetery complex, a religious tourist destination in Sihorbo village, Barus.
“The visit of President Jokowi to this historical site will be valuable for the development of historical and religious tourism in North Sumatra,” said Erry after he welcomed the President's arrival.
Departing from Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, President Jokowi, First Lady Iriana and their entourage arrived at FL Tobing Airport in Pinangsori, Central Tapanuli regency, at 6:20 p.m. local time. North Sumatra Police chief Insp.Gen. Rycko Amelza Dahniel and the commander of the first Military District Command (Kodam)/Bukit Barisan, Maj.Gen. Cucu Sumantri were also present.
Erry said during his visit in Central Tapanuli, President Jokowi would lay the first stone for the construction of a female student dormitory at the Mustafawiyah Islamic boarding school in Purba Baru village, Mandailing Natal. The President would also attend the national meeting of Islamic mass organization Jam’iyah Batak Muslim Indonesia (JMBI).
“This is the umpteenth time for President Jokowi to carry out a working visit in North Sumatra. This is something we should be proud of because it shows that North Sumatra is a very strategic area,” said Erry. (ebf)