Thousands of Muslims, including school children, lined up the main streets in Kenema city to welcome a delegation from the Arab world.
The delegation upon arrival in Kenema first paid a courtesy call on the resident minister East; the provincial secretary’s office; the Paramount Chief of Nongowa chiefdom Alhaji Amara Bonya Vangahun; the Regional chief Imam Alhaji Gibril Kamara, and then to the project site at Fulawahun town.
In his opening remarks the chairman of the occasion who is the provincial secretary East, Alhaji Salia Magona, said God had answered the Muslims’ prayers in Kenema as they could now boast of a centre with a school, mosque, restaurant and orphanage.
He said, “the Muslim population is growing in the world…Islam is a leading religion in the World”, adding that anything connected with orphanage started with Prophet Mohamed (S.W.S). He appealed to the donors to continue their assistance.
Explaining the delegation’s visit Dr Ibrahim Jalloh said the head of the delegation, Sheik Tayis Abdullah AlJumaily who had been in relief for over 25 years, was the first director of Africa Muslim Agency in Sierra Leone who brought the Voice of Islam station into the country. He said their visit was to get a first hand look at the project they had been funding.
In his contribution the paramount chief of Nongowa chiefdom, Amara Bonya Vangahun, recalled the first time the team leader met him in his office where he appealed to him for his intervention in spreading Islam in Sierra Leone.
PC Vangahun thanked God because his appealed had become a reality, saying that the project was not just for one person but the entire world. He appealed to the leader to add a conference hall, staff quarters and a house for an Imam for any mosque they build in this country.
Sheik Abdul Karim Morie Junisa of A.M.A. thanked the delegation and assured them that the centre would be used for its intended purposes.
In his keynote address the head of the delegation, Sheik Tayis Abdullah Aljumailay, thanked and blessed all for their turnout in welcoming them.
He said, “the project is to serve the Muslim community in Sierra Leone and elsewhere”, adding that the projects they gave out were for God’s sake not for individuals.
Sheik Tayis Abdullah Aljumailay said the A.M.A. had done a lot in the educational sector in Sierra Leone, maintaining that with the support and cooperation of the people of Sierra Leone they were ready to do more.