Sir Michael passed away last weekend.
In a statement Zeming described the late Sir Michael as humble and easy going person.
“I came to know Ogio in our time as Cabinet Minister’s and as Members of the People’s Democratic Movement party.
“He was a humble person and easy to get along with. He was also fatherly figure whose counsel and advice was always relied on in Cabinet and in party room, especially when there were disagreements on policy implementation.”
Zeming further described him as the voice of calm, reason and unity in dealing with the delicate issues concerning Bougainville by Cabinet and government that he was part of.
“Papua New Guinea has lost a national leader who stood for and pursued peace, unity and prosperity for his people.
“On behalf of the people of Tewai-Siassi, I extend my condolences to the family of Sir Michael Ogio and the people of Bougainville at this time of bereavement,” Zeming said.