President Paula-Mae Weekes has made her first official visit to The University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus since she became president.
Weekes visited the institution yesterday morning on the occasion of the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago.
The event was timely as the campus joined with the international community in celebrating World Biodiversity Day, and marked the occasion with the ceremonial planting of two trees.
The Herbarium is the campus' oldest research institute.
President Paula-Mae Weekes yesterday spent her first day on the job settling in and getting acquainted with staff members.
This was confirmed by a close friend of Weekes who visited her hours after she picked up duty as the country’s first female President.
The source said Weekes met and greeted staff members at the Office of the President, St Ann’s and immediately began settling down to the job at hand. (See page A10)
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she was moved to tears at the inauguration of President Paula-Mae Weekes and is impressed by the tone she set.
She told us that she believes the new president will make a positive difference.
With this oath, Paula-Mae Weekes has become the first female President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
She is now officially known as Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes.
Madame Justice Paula-Mae Weekes takes the oath of office this morning at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, in a ceremony which will be witnessed by hundreds at the venue and thousands of others who will view the event live on national television.
She will become the country’s first female President and the sixth of the Republic, succeeding Anthony Carmona, who demits office leaving behind controversies surrounding Chief Justice Ivor Archie.