By Emmanuel Kollie
The Margibi County Muslims Council (MCMC), the umbrella organization for Muslim institutions in the County has officially broken grounds for the construction of a multi-purpose Islamic center in Kakata.
The three-story building, according to its design, comprises a conference hall, a cafeteria, 12 office spaces, a research room, a mini radio station, and guest rooms among others.
The project when completed will be the first biggest public facility ever to be owned by the Muslim community in Margibi County.
At the launching and subsequent groundbreaking ceremony of the project, MCMC chairman Kuku Reeves underscored the urgent need for the construction of the multi-purpose center.
He stressed that the center will ease the many challenges Muslims and non-Muslims normally face especially in accessing public facilities.
According to him, it has been a long term dream for the Muslim community in the county to own a facility that will be used by every institution or individual regardless of religious background or belief.
“Today, we are here to break ground for a milestone project in the lives of every Liberian. This project is so beneficial because students, travelers, Muslims, and non-Muslims will also benefit from this project,” Reeves said.
Chairperson Reeves also used the occasion to call on the public to solicit funds and other building materials for the full realization of the multi-purpose building.
Construction works on the project are expected to begin shortly as funds to joint start the work are surging in.
Also speaking at the occasion former house speaker and a candidate in the pending senatorial elections James Emmanuel Nuquay lauded the farsightedness of the crafters of the project. He said it will be a major boost for the community.
He then pledged his support for the construction of the center by giving an initial contribution of US$1,000.00.
The Margibi senatorial hopeful further noted that it will be a total shame to ground-breaking a milestone project without completing and dedicating such a venture.
According to him, it’s time for every Liberian to hold together through contributions in finance and materials to ensure that the project is fully realized.
Speaking briefly, Margibi County District#4 Representative Ben Fofana cautioned Margibi Muslims to be innovative and initiate programs that will benefit humanity.
As part of contributions to the start of the project, the Margibi lawmaker pledged five hundred (500) bags of cement to be picked up in phrases.
Established in 1993, the Margibi County Muslim Council works in close coordination with the National Muslim Council of Liberia to stair Islamic affairs in the county.
The Council was also founded to supervise development programs, humanitarian relief, and other undertakings for the benefit of the residents of Margibi.