Veep Boakai Holds Discussions With Muslim Leaders In London

Vice president Boakai
Vice president Boakai
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Vice President Joseph N. Boakai on Monday, May 18, 2009, began a four-day private visit to the United Kingdom at the invitation of Reverend Trevor Cockings, founder and director of “His Church Charity”, an organization based in Lincolnshire, England.

   Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Kartumu Y. Boakai and a seven-man delegation including Chief of Staff Samuel A. Stevquoah, the Vice President maximized his visit by incorporating a number of business and humanitarian meetings on matters of interests to Liberia.

   According to a Foreign Ministry release, Vice President Boakai and party ware given a tour of “His Church” Charity Headquarters as well as the distribution centers from where consignment of items to Liberia were stored.

  The officers of His Church Charity were delighted to meet H.E. Mr. Boakai and highly appreciative of the opportunity to synchronized strategies of their partnership with the office of the Vice President for their continued endeavours in Liberia.
 
  Rev. Cockings, asserted that he had requested this visit to afford the Vice President a first hand and personal opportunity to inspect the Charity’s plans for the shipments to Liberia of approximately ten millions pounds of humanitarian aid including various food items, crop seeds, farming tools, electric generators, water pumps, clothing, fabrics, sewing machines and toys.

    It might be recorded that during his three visits to Liberia, Rev. Cockings and team from “His Church” donated humanitarian aid at orphanages and schools in Monrovia as well as other towns and villages in the counties.  On his last visit  to Liberia Rev. Cockings  was awarded the rank of Honorary Paramount Chief in Lofa County.

   At the invitation of the leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in England, Vice President Boakai, on the third day of the visit, paid a working visit at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in the south west of London.   The Baitu Futuh Mosque is said to be the largest Mosque in Western Europe.

  Following a tour of the Mosque, the Vice President and party were guests of honour at a lavish luncheon proffered by the leadership of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  

  In discussions that followed, the Muslim leaders proposed to Vice President Boakai  for the construction of a non-faith based technical institution in Liberia.

 It was clearly stipulated that the institution would be fundamentally and exclusively a technical school free from religious influence. It should be noted that the Community is presently operating the Humanity First Institute of Computer Studies in Liberia. 

  In his response, Vice President Boakai expressed appreciation for the Muslim leaders’ proposal and commended their insight to provide assistance without restrictions or pre-conditions.