Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Incorporated has launched US$1 million raffle draw campaign to complete the Omega Market project located in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The project was initiated in 2008 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become a “state-of-the-art” market to host over 3,000 marketers, but since then, the project moves at snail-pace.
It may be recalled that in 2010, AKA donated US$500,000 as an initial contribution that commenced the market project.
The money was donated with the vision to expand the market, and develop the Omega Village to include additional amenities such as housing; schools, warehouses and a transport terminal.
The president of the association, Madam Candace B. Eastman, during the draw over the weekend, urged Liberians to get involved in the process to ensure that the project is completed as scheduled.
She said since the Red Light market has become so congested there is a need to fast track its relocation to a more conducive area, such like the Omega site.
“This project is dear to the organization’s heart and therefore, it members will do everything to ensure that the project becomes successful,” Madam Eastman said, reaffirming AKA’s support to the project.
She challenged Liberians to purchase more of the tickets, adding, “The more tickets you purchase, the better you stand the chance to win, and if this raffle draw cannot get us to achieve the targeted amount, we will redesign our vision by introducing new strategy just to complete the project.”
She then called on the public to purchase more tickets that will qualify them at the end of every month for the raffle draw until the December, 31, this year.
Earlier, 15 persons were announced as first batch of winners by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) that conducted the process, which onlookers described as fair and transparent.
Prizes for the winners include a triple burner outdoor gas stove, tiger generator and two pickup tires; but Mr. George K. Cooper, became one of the luckiest winners and walked away with three prizes.
Meanwhile, AKA president has announced that tickets for the raffle draw are on sale at all major shops and supermarkets in Monrovia for at L$100.
In remarks, Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson and NLA Supervisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, J. Wadeh Brownell lauded the organization for such a great initiative that to benefit Liberians, especially the marketers.
The both pledged their institutions’ commitment to work with the organization to make its dream a reality.