Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio passes away
An official statement from Government House at Konedobu has confirmed the passing of PNG’s 9th Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio this afternoon in Port Moresby.
“It is with great sadness that the Office of the Governor-General informs the people of Papua New Guinea that Governor-General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, passed away this afternoon.”
“Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, the 9th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, was ill for some time and died at the State residence at Government House at 3:50pm today”(Saturday 18th February 2017).
“Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio was 75 years old. Sir Michael was elected 9th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea on January 2011.
Sir Michael is survived by his wife Lady Esmie Ogio, five children and eight grandchildren.
Sir Michael is from Tinputz, North Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. “It is with great sadness that we convey to the people of Papua New Guinea the untimely passing of our beloved Governor-General. We ask that our people of Papua New Guinea pray for peace and comfort for the family of the Governor-General at this time of grief and sorrow.”
“We also ask that the public to respect the privacy of the family of our Governor-General and the Office of the Governor-General during this difficult time,” said acting Official Secretary Ezekiel Vene.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil
Prime Minster, Peter O’Neill, has expressed great sadness at the news of the passing of Governor General Sir Michael Ogio on Saturday afternoon.
“It is with great sadness that I have been informed of the passing of the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, the Late Sir Michael Ogio.”
“As a nation and as a Government, we have prayed for His Excellency to return to good health, but this was not to be.’
“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 Papua New Guinea.”
“He was humble, he was sincere and he was a man who took an interest in the development of our nation.”
“We thank the late Sir Michael Ogio for his service to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, to the advancement of our people and to his role in strengthening the unity of our people,” Prime Minister O’Neill said in a statement.
Sir Michael Ogio was the 9th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea.
Early this month, Bob Dadae was voted in as the new Governor –General to take over from Sir Michael whose term expires at the end of this month.
Dadae will now be the 10th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea.
Opposition Leader, Don Polye
Opposition Leader and Kandep MP, Don Polye has passed his condolences to the family of the late Governor-General, Sir Michael Ogio.
Government House confirmed the passing of Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio late on Saturday afternoon in an official statement. The statement said Sir Michael passed away at his State house residents at about 4.30pm.
“It saddens me, that late Sir Michael Ogio passed away while in the office. The late Sir Michael Ogio is the second Governor General to die in office.
PNG has lost a humble and a dedicated Governor-General who has quietly served the country.
At this time of sorrow, my family and I, and my tribesmen, the people of Kandep who mandated me and the Opposition team join the immediate family members of the late GG and the country in mourning the death of the late Governor General,” said Mr Polye,
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family members at this difficult times. May they find comfort and solace in God,” said Polye.
Polye thanked the late GG for his contribution towards developing the country as a politician and later as a Governor General. He however regretted that late Sir Michael Ogio died just few days short of seeing the new GG elect into office.
“What saddens me most is that Sir Michael Ogio passed away while in office and also few days short of handing over the reign to the new GG elect,” said Polye,
Sir Michael Ogio was the 9th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and would end his term at the end of this month when he passed away.
Governor-General –elect, Bob Dadae who will take over will be the country’s 10th Governor General.
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