HARBEL, Margibi – Vice President and Unity Party standard bearer Joseph Boakai is in Margibi for a two-day visit. While in the county, the Unity Party Standard bearer will be endorsed by a cross section of Margibians on Friday in Kakata.
The vice president’s visit comes days after he named Margibi fifth district representative and speaker of the House of Representatives, James Emmanuel Nuquay, as his running mate.
At the program marking the naming of his running mate, the vice president described Nuquay as a God-fearing leader best suited to lead Liberia as his principal lieutenant.
Boakai said he and his running mate have similar dreams in loving, thinking, and building Liberia, incorporating his campaign slogan. He added that Nuquay is a task driven and enterprising Margibian that the country can be proud of.
As part of the vice president’s activities in the county, he dedicated an overstayed town hall construction in Cotton Tree.
He thanked the leaders of the county for the construction of the hall, noting that it would be used by all within the community.
He promised to provide 300 chairs for use in the facility. The town hall construction, which began some five years ago, raised several public outcries due to its delay.
In June of last year, a youth leader, Emmanuel Stevens, threatened to mobilize the young people of the towns of Cotton Tree and Barclay Farm to protest at the homes of county officials in drawing their awareness to the situation.
According to the bill of quantity, the Cotton Tree Hall cost a little over US$143,800. It is about 100 by 50 feet in size. It took several years to be completed.
During the construction, Superintendent John Buway accused residents of Cotton Tree and Barclay Farm of selling construction materials intended for the project, though his assertion was denied by Mark Francis, the head of the project management committee.
In Kakata, the vice president, accompanied by his running mate,
Nuquay, dedicated the Islamic School Extension Project in central Kakata.
The vice president’s visit will come to an end following his endorsement by the people of Margibi on Friday.
With the exception of Senator Oscar Cooper, who has vowed to contest the presidency, all other lawmakers in the county are supporting Boakai’s presidential bid.
It is likely that the ruling Unity Party will get most of the votes from the county due to the overwhelming support of the county’s leaders.
Featured photo by Anthony Kesselee