Bob Dadae

Opposition Leader expresses sorrow at passing of Sir Michael Ogio

Government House confirmed the passing of Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio late on Saturday afternoon in an official statement. The statement said Sir Michael passed away at his State house residents at about 4.30pm.

“It saddens me, that late Sir Michael Ogio passed away while in the office. The late Sir Michael Ogio is the second Governor General to die in office.

PNG has lost a humble and a dedicated Governor-General who has quietly served the country.

O’Neill congratulates new Governor-General

“The National Parliament has voted to nominate Bob Dadae as the tenth Governor-General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea,” the Prime Minister said.

“I congratulate Mr. Dadae on his nomination, and for the confidence that Members of the National Parliament have vested in him.

“Bob Dadae has provided honourable service to our nation as a Member of Parliament and through his work in the community.”

O’Neill said as the Vice-regal representative of Her Majesty the Queen, the Nation’s Governor-General is a person of inspiration for our people.

Governor-General elect wants to be a people man

Dadae made this comment in Parliament on Thursday, in his last Parliament sitting as an elected Member of Parliament.

He was serving as the MP for Kabwum of Morobe Province when Parliament gave him the mandate ahead of Edward Ranu Diro and Timothy Bonga on Wednesday.    

Dadae thanked the people of Kabwum for giving him the mandate to serve them in the last 15 years.

“It’s not by chance of mistake but the mandate is because of the experience I have.

Dadae is PNG's new Governor-General!

The vote was the first business of the day.

The three-term MP, from Morobe Province, was declared with 55 votes, defeating former Parliament speaker and Nawaeb MP Timothy Bonga, who collected 36 votes in the second secret ballot vote.

The other nominee, former Rigo MP and PNGDF commander Edward Ranu Diro, was eliminated in the first round of the secret ballot voting.

Dadae is another serving parliamentarian voted to occupy the vice-regal office.

The term of the current Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio expires at the end of this month.