The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: BWI Breaks Ground for Alumni's Headquarters Soon

Alumni of Liberia's foremost vocational and technical high school, the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County, and well-wishers will gather on the campus this Saturday, February 22 to break ground for the construction of their association's campus headquarters and offices.

The Alumni House, as the proposed project will be named, will contain offices for the association's national and chapter leaders and two self-contained suites to accommodate visiting alumni and other personalities wishing to spend time on campus.

The cost of the Alumni House project is estimated at US$47,000 (forty-seven thousand United States dollars).

Among dignitaries invited to the program are BWI alumni working in government. They include Representatives George Sylvester Mulbah, Gabriel Buchanan Smith, Emmanuel Nuquay and Ben Fofana.

BWI Alumni Association President Jonathan Paye-Layleh is quoted in a release as saying that the two senators of Margibi County and the county government is expected to grace the ceremony.

Also invited to break ground for the Alumni House project are BWI Alumnus and Liberia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Alumnus and Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah, Alumnus Ousman Tall who is an Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, former Alumni President Counsellor Jallah A. Barbu, former BWI Principal and Alumnus Mulbah S. Jackollie as well as the BWI administration and Board of Governors.

The Interim Principal of BWI, Mr. Alexander M. Massey, an alumnus who is an architect and planner by profession, has accepted the Alumni Association's request to serve as advisor to the Alumni House project.

Mr. Paye-Layleh, the Alumni President says BWI graduates living abroad, especially those who are residing in the United States, have been informed about Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony.

The Alumni House project is one of a number of projects the alumni association's president proposed to the body and accepted unanimously in a series of meetings.

The groundbreaking ceremony on February 22 also marks the first homecoming for BWI alumni besides the traditional Founder's Day in June.

At last year's alumni's annual convention, it was agreed that the last Saturday in February each year be set aside for a homecoming during which BWI alumni will gather on their campus in Kakata to review and get acquainted with happenings at the school.

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