Before the Tobago Bill was debated in Parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presented a copy of it to former president Arthur NR Robinson.
Persad-Bissessar arrived at Robinson's private residence at Ellerslie Park, Maraval, around 1 p.m yesterday, accompanied by political leader of the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) Ashworth Jack.
Both Persad-Bissessar and Jack entered Robinson's home, where they spent a few minutes.
"As you would recall, Mr Robinson, his Excellency, was the person who began the journey for self-government for Tobago. Today we take up the torch, we take up the mantle that he has passed to us, as we go into the Parliament to debate the bills for internal self-government for Tobago," Persad-Bissessar told the media after meeting with Robinson.
She noted that she had also visited Robinson and given him a copy of the Green Paper for the bill.
"I'm assured that the bills will be read to him," she said, adding that she was sure Robinson would be very happy as he continues his life's journey.
Questioned on the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) preliminary report signalling an investigation into People's National Movement candidate Hilton Sandy on his "Calcutta" statements, Persad-Bissessar said "since that matter is sub judice, I prefer not to comment on it at this time".
When questioned, Jack confirmed there was vandalism of the TOP's Tobago office two days ago, and appealed to persons on both sides to "take it down a bit".
Persad-Bissessar said the protests in Tobago while she was there were not rowdy, but she added that the vandalism was a cause for concern.