The Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association has formally unveiled a welcome an anti-Ebola billboard posted near the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County, and made a donation of faucet buckets to two key clinics in the community.
The red and white billboard, according to BWIAA, clearly indicates the high quality of its design and printing. The billboard was made possible through financial support from the Jeety Trading Corporation, whose CEO Upjit Sing Sachdeva, popularly known as Jeety, is a member of the BWI Board of Governors.
BWI alumni attending the unveiling ceremony on Saturday, June 18, sent amusing echoes across the airport community as they sang their famous school ode (O dear Booker-T…) to the silent envy and pleasure of guests and commuters.
The billboard’s erection is one of many initiatives undertaken by his administration , according to the outgoing president of the Alumni Association, Jonathan Paye-Layleh.
Mr. Paye-layleh said the project came about when the BWIAA was touched by the devastating impacts of Ebola constraining them to erect the billboard, which carries both welcoming and Ebola prevention messages.
In addition to its welcome and farewell messages, the billboard has the inscriptions: “Make Ebola prevention a way of life and stay safe” as well as “Join the global fight to defeat Ebola.”
“This is our way of identifying with efforts still being exerted to get the public to appreciate the need to protect themselves from Ebola,” Mr. Paye-Layleh said.
BWI Alumni Association’s former president and current chairman of the association’s Board of Advisors, Mohammed Kanneh, cut the ribbon to the billboard, cautioning the public to continue fighting until Ebola no longer poses a national threat to the country and its inhabitants.
Mr. Kanneh, a member of the BWI Class of 1981, hoped that those using the RIA highway will not only read the billboard, but will also live by the message it portrays.
He thanked Mr. Jeety for supporting the alumni association’s drive to undertake the project and hailed the outgoing leadership of the alumni association for this and other initiatives.
Also in remarks, the oldest BWI alumnus at the program, Paul T. Wennah of the Class of 1971, a former dean of boys, called for greater unity among BWI graduates so that the alumni association will grow from strength to strength.
The incoming president of the BWI Alumni Association, Koffa Tenbroh, and his corps of officers, who will be taking over on June 25, were present at the ceremony.
BWI alumni working at Firestone and RIA turned out in a sizable number to participate in the occasion.
The billboard launch preceded the celebration of BWI’s 87th founding anniversary, which is slated for Saturday, June 25.
The celebration traditionally sees an alumni association-led parade on the streets of Kakata, sporting activities and an indoor program on the BWI campus.
This year’s celebration, the first under the regime of the new principal, Attorney Harris Fomba Tarnue, promises to be grand, as already, says Mr. Paye-Layleh, more than 600 souvenir items produced for the occasion have all been sold.