Sir Manasupe was a simple and humble public servant

Many has described late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc as a very simple and humble public servant who raise to the pinnacle of his career.

Leaders expressed this during the funeral service at the St Paul's Lutheran Church on Saturday.

Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill have both described him as a workaholic public servant who devoted his life for the good governance of Provincial Government systems in the country.

"He was a good public servant who sacrifices and devoted all his life to the work of public service. He had the heart for his Morobe Province as well," the Governor General said.

Prime Minister O'Neill said many government policies that they enjoyed today are some of his works.

"Some of the government policies we enjoyed today are his handwork. The free education policy and free health care, are amongst some of the best policies that he contributed," he said.

Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru thanked the dignitaries for their presence to witness the funeral service and the burial.

He said it was a rare occasion to see such a number of dignitaries attending an important event.

"It is indeed an honour to have you all here to attend the funeral service and later the burial. On behalf of the people of Morobe, I thanked you all," the Governor said.

Late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc from Sattlberg was born on Nov 24, 1960 at Buangi Health Centre in Finschaffen, Morobe Province.

His father was a community school teacher and moved from place to place  within Finschaffen and Tewai Siassi areas before representing the people of Finschaffen in the then House of Assembly in 1968.

Late Sir Manasupe attended Bavaroko Primary school and later St Paul's Lutheran Primary School in Lae before completing rest of his formal education in Goroka, including Aiyura National High School in Eastern Highlands Province.

He rose through the ranks of public servant to become a chief secretary.

He started his career as a Legal Officer for Morobe Provincial Government after completing his law school from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Then to deputy Provincial Administrator Corporate Services before becoming the Administrator of Morobe Province.

He then was appointed the Secretary of Provincial and Local Level Government and eventually the Chief Secretary until his retirement from public service in February last year due to sickness.

He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday March 6, 2017.

Bustin Anzu