August 9 2016 – On behalf of the Aldermen and Councillors of the San Fernando City Council, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Daaga and Granger families on the passing of Mr. Makandal Daaga. I have known Mr. Daaga since I entered political life. He was an astute, principled and patriotic Trinidadian, and we as a nation should recognize his efficacy as an activist and a political figure. By founding the National Joint Action Committee he indelibly changed our political landscape.
The way in which Mr. Daaga stood up for what he believed in is truly admirable, and his promotion of nationalism, peace, and cultural unity should be remembered and recounted to all younger generations.
We must acknowledge his deep commitment to raising national consciousness and historical awareness. It was Mr. Daaga who lobbied for the recognition of Emancipation Day, which we just recently observed, and it is because of him that this is now a commemorative day for many countries.
At this difficult time, my heart goes out to his family and friends. The city of San Fernando thanks Mr. Daaga for his extraordinary service to our country. May he rest in peace.