The Tobago House of Assembly held a two-day exhibition on Thursday and Friday to showcase its nine Divisions. The Agriculture Division’s booth, with its agricultural produce, plants, and seedlings, won the Chief Secretary’s trophy for the best display.
Chief Administrator, Dr. Ellis Burris said after 30 years of existence, the THA had made Tobago proud. He said the exhibition allowed the public to interact with professionals from the Assembly, and that “together we are aspiring and together we are achieving.”
Chief Secretary Orville London congratulated all the Divisions as they climaxed 30 years and moved into the thirty-first year. He also recognised the hard work of those who set up the exhibition booths.
London told the Secretaries, Administrators, Assembly professionals, and other persons in attendance that the Divisions and the people in the Divisions were the foundation of the THA. “The exhibit is a place for the people of Tobago to meet and discuss,” he said.
London said after 30 years, Tobago was celebrating progress, maturity, and the capacity to do things better. “All of us have got to understand that we have been preparing ourselves for the next phase in Tobago,” he said.
Mr. London noted that with more autonomy, there is more responsibility. He said, “Let us continue working together in the interest of Tobago and in the interest of Tobago people.”
Attendees were treated to the song Ode to Tobago, played by Tobago Serenity Vibes, Junior Panorama Champions. They also listened to the duet version of Hark the Herald Angel Sings.
During the exhibition, the public received handouts as well as informational brochures. Division staff were also present to provide information. Booths included the showcase of local products, such as guava jelly and five finger wine, by the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment; as well as the Division of Community Development and Culture’s house booth. The booth included a living room, dining room, and bedroom.
Inside, the public found a display table with local products, such as sugar cake and bennie balls, as well as household goods that showed Tobago’s history, including a coal pot and milk urn.