NAM Breaks Ground to Construct US$690K Student Center

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Rep. Kogar performs the ground-breaking for the Nimba Student Center project, as others look on with excitement.

Nimba Association of Massachusetts (NAM) over the weekend broke ground in Walker Town, Careysburg in Montserrado County Electoral District #1 to construct a two-storey dormitory at the cost of US$690,000 for Nimba Student’s attending the University of Liberia, and other higher learning institutions in the county.

The project is to be financed by Nimbaians residing in the Massachusetts, USA, and is headed by Paul Gailah.

Representative Samuel Kogar, Nimba Country District #5, who served as guest speaker for the groundbreaking and fundraising ceremonies, pledged 100 bags of cement as his initial contribution.

Kogar expressed gratitude to the leadership of NAM for undertaking such a huge endeavor. He meanwhile called on other well-meaning Liberians to follow the good path of those Nimbaians in the U.S.

He pledged 25 bags of cement on behalf of his colleague Rogers Domah, Nimba County District #7, and then made a cash donation of US$150 on behalf of Representative Gunpue L. Kargon, Nimba County District #4.

Kogar called on other members of the county Legislative Caucus to fully support the project to the end, “because it is in the best interest of students hailing from the county that were finding it difficult to acquire education in the country, where the economy is yet to improve.”

He said for those Nimbaians to leave their comfort in the U.S. to undertake such a costly project in Liberia, where the student community is finding it different to rent a place is worth commending, “because Nimbaians (whether in the U.S. or anywhere else) cherish the value system of their country. They also understand that the needs of the country to develop was paramount.”

Kogar then advised Liberians to stop trying to pull down people who are in a higher position to bring about development, but to rally around their leaders with positive approaches that will bring about development to benefit every Liberian.

According to Mr. Gailah, the project is a self-help initiative through volunteerism and nationalism that came from a period of sacrifices that need the hands of every Nimbaian, irrespective of limited resources, since it is the county’s legacy.

Fredrick Gaye, who proxied for the program committee chair, Jennet O. Paye, said the vision was born in 2014 but, because of the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak at the time, the idea to construct the student center was delayed.

“Here we are today to make the project a reality to ease the tension on some of the students pursuing higher education in Monrovia,” Mr. Gaye said.

He called on his kinsmen in any part of the country to support the project, because NAM cannot do everything to complete the construction of the entire two-dormitory facility.

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