For the Establishment of University in Liberia: Foreign Minister Kemayah Lauds Baptist Convention By: Julius Konton

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Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Amb. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., has lauded the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention for the establishment of the William R. Tolbert Baptist University, which he said will complement, Liberia’s educational sector.  Minister Kemayah stressed that education is key to nation building adding “the need for education in Liberia cannot be overly emphasize”. According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Dean of the Cabinet made the remarks on Friday, October 27, 2023, when members of the WRTBU, paid a courtesy call on him at his Ministry of Foreign Affairs office, on the Capitol Hill. Foreign Minister Kemayah also used the occasion to reiterate the unwavering commitment of President George Manneh Weah to support the efforts of the Baptist Mission aimed at impacting the educational sector in the country.     As part of its efforts to further enhance the university’s facilities, the President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC), Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., along with other prominent Baptists paid a courtesy visit on Foreign Minister Kemayah in order to brief him on par with activities of the University.  The construction of the university is being supervised by Dr. Linda Moseki, a renowned Engineer from Botswana, who has designed and supervised the construction of several universities on the African continent.  Dr. Moseki is supported by ASARPI, the company hired to construct the university, through a Memorandum of Understanding. The new Baptist University will cover a total of 250 acres of land, out of the over 1,000 acres of land owned by the LBMEC on the Ricks Campus. The construction will take place in two phases; with the first phase involving the development of 125 acres situated North-West of the existing Ricks Campus. The remaining 125 acres will be utilized for the WRTBU farm in the second phase, according to the release. The new facility will feature an administrative section, the Senate Quarters, a chapel, a library, and dormitories for both men and women. The university aims to accommodate 500 female and 600 male students. When constructed, the various colleges within the university will have dedicated deans and professors, the release added.  Dr. Arnold G. Hill, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, revealed that Dr. Moseki is currently engaging in consultations with relevant government sectors to obtain the necessary approvals and regulations for the construction of the new university.

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