Namibians in the United States of America under the banner Nimba Association of Massachusetts ( NAM) on Saturday broke grounds for construction of a dormitory for Nimba students attending the University of Liberia and other higher institutions of learning in Monrovia and its environs.
The program launched by the Nimba Association of Massachusetts, was characterized by a fundraising rally to support the project that will be implemented in Walker Town, near Careysburg in Montserrado County.
The project costs approximately US$690,000 and is expected to be largely financed by the U.S.-based group, (NAM) which is led by Mr. Paul Gailah from Lorplay in Nimba. Gailah is also President of the Association.
Speaking at the ground breaking program, Nimba County District # 5 Representative, Samuel Kogar, expressed gratitude to the Nimba Association of Massachusetts (NAM).
He encouraged Nimba Legislative Caucus to rally support for the Association to complete the project which he said is in the best interest of Nimba students.
He said with the support of all Nimbaians, the project will be completed on time.
Representative Samuel Kogar made an initial contribution of 100 bags of Cement to the project.
Nimba County District #7 Lawmaker, Roger S.W.Y Domah also pledged a minimum contribution of 25 bags of cement to the project.
Nimba County District 4 Representative, Gunpue L. Kargon made a cash donation of L$150,000 and Representative Dorwohn Twain Gleekia of District #6 pledged 50 bags of Cement among others.
The project is the construction of two two-story buildings and a research center.
Speaking to the INSIGHT at the ground breaking ceremony, the president of NIMBA Association of Massachusetts (NAM) said the organization is undertaking the project to assist students from Nimba who face many difficulties in attending universities in Monrovia.
“Some of them are renting houses, but they are in far-away areas and they face serious hindrance when it comes to getting themselves to school,” said President Gailah.
Also speaking to our reporter, the financial person of the Association, Mark Gbleewon, said the mini-rally during the groundbreaking ceremony was meant to “get people’s involvement” so that they can feel a part of the project.
He said engineers have already started work on the project and construction will last for a period of one and half year.
When completed, students using the facility will be charged US$5 monthly. “People who will be maintaining the area, we have to pay them,” Gbleewon explained.
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