Your Excellency – The President Republic Trinidad & Tobago, Anthony Carmona, ORTT, SC. And Mrs.Carmona
The Honourable Prime Minister of Republic Trinidad& Tobago –Dr.Keith Rowley, andMrs.Rowley,
Honourable members of Parliament,
Honourable Leader of the Opposition- Kamla Persad-Bissesar and Dr.Bissesar.
Honourable Chief Secretary Tobago House of Assembly –Orville London.
Cacique of Kalinago peoples,
Leaders of Warao community,
Leaders, awon Oloye, Chiefs of the African community,
Fellow citizens of Republic Trinidad & Tobago
Blessings of joy,prosperity,peace, harmony and Justice for all as we celebrate yet another year of flag Independence.
August,31st, 1962 saw our country receiving flag Independence from Britain.
Then there was much hope for the development and establishment of an autonomous Nation where every creed and race would find an equal place. Our Independence came after a history of European invasions to the Americas and Caribbean, the decimation of many Native peoples and the re- population of these territories by forceful capture mainly of Africans from the continent of Africa. These captives suffered great humiliation at the hands of their captives and put up resistance in many forms including,insurrections,marronage,poisoning of animals and livestock on plantations,poisoning of slave owners and many other manifestations of resistance including use of spiritual technologies to accomplish their goals.
The foregoing actions coupled with other social actions led to Abolition of slavery as manifested then and a pseudo Emancipation of the enslaved. There was then the importation of Asiatics from India and China with the Indians coming as indentured workers.
Later on Trade Unionism began to manifest and African and Indian workers began to take collective industrial action to improve their sociopolitical conditions. Political parties and a call for Independence then followed and today here we are.
Both African peopled and Indian peopled governments have led our country.
None of these governments have addressed tangibly the problems and concerns of the Indigenous peoples from whom the lands were stolen and for whom many suffered the loss of many of their populations-their friends and relatives.
As we engage another decade of Independence that runs con currently with the International Decade for People of African Descent, I Oloye Orawale Oranfe Jakuta Sango Ife call upon the State and the government of the Republic Trinidad &Tobago to immediately take steps to re-empower and reinstate The National Committee for Reparations, making relevant adjustments where necessary in the composition of the Committee to reflect and represent all stake holder interests on this Committee.
There has been a tendency by many State and governmental personnel and offices to ignore the Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago where the reasoning is that we are such a small number of people. Our basis of representation of our people is no less relevant/or significant than that which allows a Parliament of just about forty representatives to speak for and on behalf of 1.3 million constituents to represent our interests. Consequently I am encouraging both Your Excellency The President of Republic Trinidad & Tobago and O.R.T.T. S.C. Anthony Carmona and our Honourable Prime Minister of Republic Trinidad & Tobago – Dr.Keith Rowley to meet with the legitimate representatives of this body so as to entertain their concerns as we strive to maintain and rebuild a crime free Republic Trinidad& Tobago where every creed and race shall find an equal place
GOD BLESS OUR NATION!