The City of Kakata in Margibi County, over the weekend, signed a sisterly tie with the American City of Brooklyn Park in Minnesota.
This means that both cities will now work together while exploring opportunities to improve the lives of their peoples; with Kakata City expected to get a big chunk of the pie from the relationship given its under-development.
A ceremony to seal the deal was held on Sunday, November 10, at the Kakata City Hall with the representation of a special delegation from Brooklyn Park headed by the Mayor-Pro-tempore of that city, Rich Gates, while Mayor Eddie Murphy of Kakata signed on behalf of his people.
Margibi County Superintendent, John Zubah Buway, with top members of the county Legislative Caucus and hundreds of citizens, watched the ceremony and then beamed with smiles.
During the ceremony, Mayor Murphy and Mr. Gates welcomed the deal between their cities, describing it as “historic” and hoped it would go a long way in uniting both peoples in terms of culture, education, and private-partnership, among others.
Briefing journalists after the ceremony, Supt Buway, who had been very instrumental in finalizing the sisterly-relationship during his recent visit to America, explained that both cities stand to gain from working together to ensure strong cultural ties, private-partnerships, student exchanges, health programs, sanitation projects, and infrastructural development, among others.
Supt. Buway then assured that both cities are equally determined to implement the ties to the letter.
The Margibi Supt. praised the people of Brooklyn Park for signing the relationship with Kakata City.
He expressed the strong belief that this new relationship will bring many developments to both cities considering the vested interests both cities have in this deal.
It can be recalled that during the recent visit of Supt. Buway to the United States of America, he met Liberian Pastor Alexander Collins, who had been engaged with several projects back home, including the effort to sign the sisterly-ties between Kakata and Brooklyn Park. Supt Buway explained that it was at that time the deal was finally sealed pending the signing, which had now taken place.
On behalf of Margibi County, Supt. Buway thanked Pastor Collins, the City Government and Council of Brooklyn Park, the Mayor of Kakata, the Margibi Legislative Caucus, and others whose support led to the signing of this bilateral agreement.
Welcoming the relationship on behalf of the Margibi Legislative Caucus, Senator Clarice Alpha Jah, expressed happiness over the step and encouraged all Margibians to support the initiative.
Senator Jah expressed the hoped that both cities could live up to the content of the bilateral agreement, citing that Kakata City is also under obligation to do its part in the bargain.
The role of the Office of the Vice President of Liberia in cementing the sisterly-ties was also highlighted at the ceremony by the Supt, and officials of the City of Brooklyn Park.
Officials who witnessed the ceremony included Representatives Ballah Zayzay and Ben A. Fofana, among other dignitaries and local officials.