Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove flew into Papua New Guinea’s capital this morning to pay his country’s respect.
PNG was a former colony of Australia.
Also in attendance were Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Governor-General-elect Bob Dadae, Deputy Parliament Speaker John Simon, Members of Parliament, ABG Assembly Speaker Simon Pentanu, Members of the Diplomatic Community, family and people mostly from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The main celebrant of the funeral service, Cardinal Sir John Ribat encouraged the funeral-goers to celebrate the life of the teacher-cum politician and governor-general.
Benedict Ogio who read his father’s eulogy said the family were proud of their dad’s achievements.
“We the children are happy with the achievements and contributions to our family and country and we say thank you to you dad,” Benedict said.
“Thanked Australia Governor-General for visiting my sick father in hospital in Australia and also attending the funeral today.
“Our late father was a simple man and lived an educationist and a political figure, his home was for anyone who needed help, and sadly he leaves behind his wife, Lady Esmie Ogio, five of his children and 17 grandchildren.”
The casket of the late Governor-General will be flown to AROB tomorrow and given a full military honour before burial at Tinputz.
(Pictures by Kennedy Bani)