Australia’s Vice Regal to pay respect to Sir Michael

The Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove will arrive in Port Moresby tomorrow to pay respect to the late Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Ogio.

Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko said Sir Peter will arrive at 8am on Friday to be at the funeral of our governor general.   

“Shows the signs of the relationships between Papua New Guinea and Australia, by the Governor- General at a very short notice coming to Papua New Guinea to show his respect for our Governor- General,” Tkatchenko said today.

The State Funeral for late Sir Michael will be held tomorrow before his casket is taken to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville for burial at Tinputz over the weekend.    

Tkatchenko said a full military guard of honour will be given to the late statesman before his burial.   

Today the casket of the country’s 9th Governor-General was ‘Lie in State’ for parliamentarians, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and head of Government Departments to pay their respect.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Chief Justice Sir Salome Injia and elected Governor General Bob Dadae were notable people who paid their last respect to the 75-year-old vice regal.

Late Sir Michael died at the Government House State residence on February 19, four days before his six year term expired.

Late Sir Michael assumed office on February 25, 2011

(Pictures by Kennedy Bani)

Charles Yapumi