The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association has paid tribute of the late "Chief Servant" Makandal Daaga who died on Monday.
The TTMA describes him as a son of the soil, in a statement issued today.
"The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends on the passing of chief servant Makandal Daaga.
Makandal Daaga served as a leader during the black power movement in Trinidad and Tobago. A historic contribution was the movement that he led at the helm of National Joint Action Committee (NJAC), for the unity of the two major races in Trinidad and Tobago, the Africans and the Indians.
The March to Caroni on March 12, 1970, was most instructive, as it showed the bonds of love and brotherhood that can exist between these two peoples.
Further, Makandal Daaga continued to keep alive in the consciousness of the Trinbagonian population the history of the Afro-Trinidadian when he successfully campaigned in to have August 1 declared a public holiday to commemorate Emancipation Day in 1985.
Makandal Daaga’s focus on nation-building earned him our country’s highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT). Despite all these achievements to his name, he remained humble, gentle and modest in success.
The TTMA mourns the loss of this great servant of the people. He was a true son of the soil. May he rest in peace."
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