Outgoing PNG Governor General Passes Away

Tributes pour in for late Sir MIchael Ogio

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, FEb. 20, 2017) – Tributes are pouring in from all over Papua New Guinea and abroad for Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio who passed away at the weekend.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Opposition Leader Don Polye were the first to send their condolences on behalf of their families and electorates.

"As a nation and as a Government, we have prayed for His Excellency to return to good health, but this was not to be," Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.

"We now pray for the family of the late Sir Michael Ogio, and thank them for the commitment that Sir Michael gave to our country.

"As a Member of our nation’s Parliament, as a former Deputy Prime Minster, and as the nation’s Vice-Regal representative, Sir Michael Ogio was an outstanding representative for the people of PNG. He was humble, he was sincere and he was a man who took an interest in the development of our nation.

People’s Democratic Movement founder Paias Wingti said Sir Michael was a great nationalist who believed in unity of PNG.

"He was humble and sincere, true to his words," Mr Wingti said.

"He was the kwila of PDM when he was in politics. On behalf of all our people, I send our deep felt condolences to his family," Mr Wingti, who is Western Highlands Governor, said of his former DPM colleague in the last Parliament.

Opposition Leader Mr Polye said he was saddened that Sir Michael had passed away, noting that he was the second Governor-General to die in office.

"PNG had lost a humble and a dedicated Governor-General who had quietly served the country," he said.

"At this time of sorrow, my family and I, plus my tribesmen, the people of Kandep who mandated me and the Opposition team join the immediate family members of the G-G and the country in mourning," Mr Polye said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family members at this difficult time. May they find comfort and solace in God," he said.

Mr Polye was thankful for Sir Michael’s contribution towards developing the country as a politician and later as a governor-general.

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