Antigua and Barbuda will be awarding various honours to its citizens as part of their customary Independence Day celebrations on November 1.
Among the honours bestowed, knighthood is considered the highest accolade. This year, Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin will receive the spotlight, thanks to nominations from his constituents.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne expressed his enthusiasm in confirming the news, stating that the country is committed to honouring those who have made significant contributions during their lifetime.
Browne also shared that he received the nominations list from the honours committee last week and was pleased to endorse Benjamin as a knight.
The government and the people of Antigua and Barbuda extend their congratulations to Benjamin, deeming it a well-deserved and justifiable honour.
Benjamin’s political career spans over four decades, and he is one of the only two surviving active politicians who served as Members of Parliament when Antigua and Barbuda gained independence from Britain in 1981.
Throughout his 38 years as a parliamentarian, Benjamin has made substantial contributions to the nation, as highlighted in a nomination letter endorsed by his constituents.
His efforts include facilitating young men and women’s access to scholarships for further education and playing a pivotal role in negotiating the establishment of the University of the West Indies’ fourth landed campus at Five Islands.
Additionally, Benjamin’s contributions to the country’s legal landscape are noteworthy, including his stewardship of the First Model Criminal Sexual Offenses Court, originating in Antigua and Barbuda as the first of its kind in the region.
Overall, Benjamin’s knighthood is a testament to his dedication and commitment to service, and it is a well-deserved recognition of his contributions to his country.