Govt House farewells GG’s official Secretary

PNG’s and the Commonwealth’s longest serving Official Secretary in history, Sir Tipo Vuatha, was fare welled today at Government House in a small ceremony.

Sir Vuatha closes the curtain on a 22-year distinguished career as the Official Secretary for four different Governor Generals.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio and Lady Esmie Ogio, Government officials, staff of Government house and relatives and friends.

Sir Michael said he admired his outgoing Secretary for practicing principles of Christianity, integrity, and reputation as Official Secretary.

And he commended his wife, Lady Vuatha, for her support to him during his tenure.

“Lady Tipo, you have made him what he is today, and I hope you give him all the support in his future endeavors,” Sir Ogio said.

An emotional Sir Vuatha said that it was not his wish to leave but having almost reached the retirement age for the public service, it was time to go.

He said many plans which he and Sir Ogio have come up with through the Corporate Plan must be fulfilled by the incoming Official Secretary and staff.

“I want the of the Government house, please make it workable,” Sir Vuatha said.

“We do not want it dusting away in Waigani, but we want the efficient and effective implementation of this Corporate Plan.”

Sir Vuatha began his career with the Government House in 1993 as a temporary accountant but was soon made permanent. He would then be made Director of Finance and eventually Official Secretary during Sir Wiwa Korowi’s term as Governor General.

He has since served in that capacity for three other different Governor Generals which include, Sir Silas Atopare, Sir Paulias Matane, and currently Sir Ogio.

Before joining Government House, Sir Vuatha served with the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, the Department of Administrative Services, and the Prime Ministers Department.

He has served the public service a total of 45 years.

Cedric Patjole