IAIN Palu Rector: Community Saving Nature, Nature Will Give Many Benefits

IAIN Palu Rector Prof. Dr. H. Sagaf S Pettalongi M.Pd handed over aid symbolically to one of the victims affected by the Sigi flood, in the Bangga Village of South Dolo District on Wednesday.

Rector of the State Islamic Institute (IAIN) in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Prof. Dr. H. Sagaf S Pettalongi, M.Pd assessed that the people of Sigi Regency must continue to preserve nature, be friendly with the environment, as a form of disaster prevention efforts, nature will also provide many benefits to humans.

"In addition to being patient and sincere in accepting a test from Allah, we must also try to get up and love the nature, not destroy it," said Prof. Sagaf Pettalongi, in Sigi on Wednesday.

The Deputy Chairperson of the Central Sulawesi Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) stated that Islam encourages its people to be patient and sincerely accept the test from God Almighty.

In addition, he said, Islam also advocates to rise from adversity, maintain and be friendly with the nature around us.

Preserving nature, he said, people will avoid the threat of landslides and flash floods.

"By preserving nature, nature will also maintain and be friendly with humans, providing many benefits to humans," he said.

Previously, Regent Sigi, Moh. Irwan ordered the cessation of illegal and unlicensed tree felling in the mountains around the Bangga Village which was the most severely affected area of banjir bandang that occurred Sunday night (28/4).

"I ordered that the people stop cutting down trees. I am not accusing them, but I suspect there are still people who cut trees as livelihoods," he said after reviewing the victims of flash floods in Bangga Village, Monday (29/4).

The proof is, when a flash flood crashes accompanied by sticks of trees, both intact with their roots and which have been cut into several parts.

According to him, flash floods are related to illegal logging occurring in the mountains around Bangga Village which causes mud material mixed with sand to hoard residents' houses.

IAIN Palu Rector Prof. Dr. H. Sagaf S Pettalongi, M.Pd, Chair of Dharma Wanita IAIN Palu, Dra. Hj. Andi Dara Dewi, M.Pd, Head of Bureau, Dr. Ramang M.Pd, Deputy Rector for Planning Dr. Kamaruddin M.Ag, Deputy Rector for Student Affairs Drs. Iskandar photographed together with the affected victims of Sigi, after symbolically delivering aid to victims of floods in Bangga Village, South Dolo Subdistrict, Sigi Regency, Wednesday 1 May 2019.

"Appeals to the community. We see the roots of trees and trees, this illegal logging must be stopped," he said.

In addition, Irwan stressed that the Government of Sigi Regency did not turn a blind eye to the Sunday night flash floods that hit Bangga Village and a number of villages in Sigi.

"If we look at social media (social media) it is said that the government does not exist, where is the government and so on. I affirm the government exists, we are here. The proof is we have provided assistance in the form of two tons of rice in public kitchens for refugees. We have also established "refugee tents and health posts," he said.