Former finance minister Wendell Mottley will receive the country’s highest award—the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago—on a later date.
Mottley was expected to be the first awardee called at yesterday’s evening National Awards at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain, but instead the awardees for the Chaconia Medal (Gold) were announced with veteran media practitioner Jones P Madeira being the first recipient to be called to receive his award.
“This moment is happy for me but I am also extremely happy for other journalists as well,” said Madeira after the ceremony.
“It’s overwhelming, it’s good to be recognised and this I think I dedicate to all of journalism in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean,” said Madeira, who felt journalism in the country was in good hands and expressed faith in the current crop of journalists
Following the distribution of 49 of the 51 awards, it was announced that 77- year-old Mottley, was unavoidably absent and as such will receive his award on another date to be scheduled.
Mottley is reportedly out the country.
Retired barrister at law Mahmud Sultan Dean was the other absent awardee.
Teenager Sarah Estrada was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Bronze) for gallantry for her role in saving a drowning man at Blanchisseuse in July.
“It’s a great feeling, coming from a small village is hardly recognised by the State, it’s a great feeling to receive a national award, “ said Estrada, who called for the State to develop her community of Blanchisseuse further.
The most recently introduced award, the Medal for Development of Women (Gold), was awarded to writer, journalist and educator, Dr Krishendaye Rampersad.
She said while she was impressed by the group of awardees last night, more equity in terms of the number of women should be awarded.