Pastor Alexander Collins was petitioned recently at the Kakata City Hall by a group of citizens for what they termed as his meaningful contributions towards the growth of the county over the years. The citizens named the building of the sister city relationship between Kakata, Margibi County, and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and his support that led to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) to become Kakata-Hennepin Technical College to help BWI to become a technical college.
Some residents also described him as a humanitarian who brought to Liberia over 20 USA fire fighters to train and transfer knowledge to Liberian fire service personnel and at the same time provided several ambulances to the Government of Liberia (GoL) in 2013.They also lauded him for his immense contribution of over L$500,000.00 towards the purchase of classroom chairs and other furniture as well as quizzing bell for the LangoLippaye High School in Kakata, Mangib County, while at the same time connecting the school with Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, USA.
During the petitioning ceremony, the citizens were also seen jubilating and chanting anti-slogans against slogans as means of recognizing the many good works of the Liberian clergyman. In his acceptance speech, Pastor Collins lauded the citizens of Margibi for the recognition given him and vowed to deliver better leadership to Magibians if elected Senator. Pastor Collins used the occasion to call on citizens not to only support him on the surface but demonstrate real action with an overwhelming vote that will make him win the senate seat in the county.
“When I am elected, I will continue to connect Margibi to the outside world that will bring development in the county,” he promised. It could be recalled that the senatorial aspirant recently donated L$150,000.00 to 10 community radio stations in Margibi, 147,000.00 to 10 high schools to assist teachers with transportation as they prepare students for WASSESC, 75,000.00 to religious leaders and promised to do more. In order to contain the corona virus in Liberia, Rev. Collins also donated an ambulance to the CH Rannie Hospital in Kakata and at the same time donated some computers to the Booker Washington Institute. Pastor Collins holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Acts College in Minnesota, USA, as well as several other documents.
The clergyman, who is also a member of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), was petitioned by the citizens following declaration of the party that there will be no primary in the county. "Initially, there have been two senatorial aspirants vying to contest on the Unity Party ticket in Margibi, but the party executive committee, which has the power to do so, has chosen Rep. Fofana over Rev. Alexander Collins as their senatorial candidate," the party announced, thus prompting the lergyman to step aside before being petitioned by the citizen group.
The party noted that Rev. Collins had just joined the UP less than a month ago, and as such, he could not have been a preferred candidate for the party, even though he might have a chance for future election. Accordingly, the colorful program was also climaxed with a street, where the citizens marched along with their aspirant with in the principal streets of Kakata with some onlookers observing the scene. Margibi County is the fourth largest vote rich county with the total of 154,108 registered voters and a population of 209,923.