Youth advocate Nikoli Edwards will today be appointed as a temporary Independent senator, standing in for Jennifer Raffoul, who is currently out of the country.
At age 25, Edwards’ appointment will make him the youngest person to have served as a temporary Independent senator.
The appointment will take place at today’s sitting of the Senate, and Edwards is expected to contribute to the debate on amendments to the various marriage acts of Trinidad and Tobago.
Edwards told the Express yesterday that he was grateful for the opportunity.
“It is a huge responsibility. It is something that I have dreamt about for some time, and here I have the opportunity to represent citizens and young people and hopefully make some meaningful contributions, especially in light of this important debate that is before the Senate,” he said.
Edwards said as a temporary Independent senator, he would be representing the voice and views of the youth, which is often overlooked when it comes to decision-making.
He added it was a way to “give back”.
“Service to my country is very important. With many of the opportunities that have been afforded to me, this is my way of giving back to T&T.”
Edwards thanked President Anthony Carmona for selecting him for the role.
“He has demonstrated that he is concerned with youth issues and that he cares deeply about how the young people of this country are affected by many of the things that take place in our society today.”
Edwards currently serves as vice-chairperson Policy, Advocacy and Projects of the Commonwealth Youth Council.
He is also the founder and chairman of the T&T Youth Convention, a member of the United Nations FPA Youth Advisory Group for T&T and a motivational speaker.