Committee Chairperson Minister Wendy Phipps told parliament, listeners and viewers of the National Assembly, that on September 12th, 2016, the lecture will be held at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre (NEPAC).
“At this juncture, I would like to add that this Team Unity Government would have adopted a new position since taking office last year, in that, we want to ensure that at least one major Independence event is taking place in Nevis,” said Chairwoman Phipps.
Last year, Nevis hosted the Independence State Service for the first time, a significant event on the country’s independence celebrations calendar of activities. The Service took place at the Charlestown Methodist Church.
Phipps continued, “The previous practice is that most, if not, all of the events had been concentrated in St. Kitts and last year for the first time, after 32 years of Independence, we finally had a state service held in Nevis. This year we are continuing the tradition.”
Phipps also mentioned during her address that she was happy to report that a pre-independence event, a National Protocol Training Programme, would be commencing on August 24th and ending a day after (August 25th) “to train a new cadre of protocol officers in the Federation, both in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The training will be carried out by Governor General Sir Tapley Seaton and a former Diplomat and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Clarita Richards.
This, she said, will “build up a cadre of protocol officers who can serve at various events and thereby not overburden the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Another event planned for this year’s Independence celebration is the dedication of the National Heroes Park on Friday, 16th September. The site chosen for the National Heroes Park is located at the Northeastern end of the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport next to the roundabout. The date for the Independence State Service is set for Sunday, 18th September at the St. George’s Anglican Church.
As usual, on September 19th, the Independence Day Parade will be held at the Warner Park Stadium, from 8 am, and the Governor General’s Cocktail Reception will be hosted at Government House at 7 pm.
Phipps also noted that the Government will be undertaking a number of other events to include schools visits, school patriotic programmes, a ceremonial tree planting, cricket and football matches.