The Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has broken ground for the construction of a mission station headquarters of the Kokoyah District Conference of the United Methodist Church in Botota, Upper Bong County.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place Sunday August 26, 2012 in Botota, the Headquarters of Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County by Methodist Bishop, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis. Speaking at the official ground breaking ceremony the Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church praised the leadership and members of the district for the level of commitment exhibited over the years in upholding the unity of the church in the area.
Bishop Innis thanked Rev. Benedict W. Green for his farsightedness in advocating for developmental ventures in the interest of the district. Bishop Innis, who described Rev. Green as a gift to the Kokoyah District Conference of the Church, lauded Superintendent Green for the passionate plead for the construction of the Headquarters of the Church in Botota.
The head of the Liberia Annual Conference of the Church pledged the fullest support of the Church in constructing the district’s headquarters for multipurpose activities in Botota. Bishop Innis named some of the multipurpose activities as the construction of the first high school in Kokoyah Statutory District and Teacher’s Quarters for quality education in that part of the country.
The head of the United Methodist Church in Liberia hailed the district superintendent of the church for his vision and dream for his people saying; “The Church needs many Benedicts who are vision driven and not vision killers”. Bishop Innis was accompanied by his wife, Mother Irene Innis to Kokoyah District.
Meanwhile, the Director of the Department of Community Services of the United Methodist Church, Mr. Jonathan L. Kaipay has assured members of the church of his department’s commitment for the construction of the first high school in the district in the not too far future. Making remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Mission Headquarters of the district, Mr. Kaipay said, by directive of the Bishop of the Church, he has included Bong County on the list of counties to benefit from the Community Integrated and Empowerment Program, CIEP of the church.
With the recent signing of a 2.5M Development Grant for community infrastructural development between the United Methodist Church and the Norwegian Government through the Department of Community Services of the church, it is likely that the construction of the first high school in the district would start approximately next year, 2013. The Department of Community Services of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is a humanitarian arm of the church that caters to the basic needs of less fortunate selected communities within Liberia with the construction of hand pumps, schools, teacher’s quarters, libraries, health centers and pit-latrines amongst others.