The official ground breaking ceremony for “The Purified Skills and Training Center,” was held over the weekend in Kpei Town, near Scheflin, Lower Margibi County under the theme, “The Purified King Legacy Lives On.”
The exercise is in memory of the late Curtis Y. Tomah, son of the chief executive officer (CEO) and president of the 21st Century Engineering and Construction Company, Cooper Y. Tomah and his wife, Georgia W. Tomah.
The ceremony, which was held by the Tomah family from Nimba County, was officiated by Cllr. N. Oswald Tweh of the Tuan and Tweh Law Firm.
The multi-million dollars proposed modern State-of-the Arts gymnasium situated on 10 acres of land, would also be comprised of other education and training facilities.
If completed, Mr. Tomah says the center would be named in honor of his late son, Curtis Y. Tomah. Through the aid of the Curtis Y. Tomah Foundation the facility would help train youths in the host community and across the country in athletics and various disciplines.
The late C.Y. Tomah, 24, according to his father, was a college student at the Midwestern State University in Dallas, Texas, USA, where he earlier obtained a Bachelor of Business degree (BBA) in Accounting.
“He was left with a semester to graduate and become a certified public accountant (CPA),” Mr. Tomah lamented.
Unfortunately, Curtis died last year June in America after being reportedly hit by a drunk driver while he was sitting near the roadside reading over his notes.
According to the late Curtis’ father, the project is being undertaken with funding expected to come from: the Tomah family, their many friends in and out of Liberia, various organizations and departmental heads of the S.T. United Methodist Church.
The launch of the project was attended by several high profile individuals including the Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation, Nyan Mantein, and the Director of the Regional Science graduate program at the University of Liberia, Francis N. Manwein, among others.
Most of those who attended the ceremony were touched by the emotions of the Tomah family, and as such, they made personal financial contributions and pledges in kind with bags of cement and truck loads of sand to be picked up at a later date from their respective offices.