Late Dr Maku remembered

A respectable senior in the medical fraternity, Dr Maku was one of the first three obstetricians and gynaecologists to have graduated in 1989.

He remained in clinical health service for 42 uninterrupted years, making him the longest serving obstetrician and gynaecologist in the country.

Displaying true patriotism, Dr Maku, from East New Britain Province, was employed by the National Department of Health, based in Nonga Hospital.

Final farewell for late journalist

The funeral service of the late business editor of Post-Courier will be held at the Sione Kami Memorial Church, starting at 9:30am today. Her casket will then be brought to the Post-Courier HQ at Konedobu for the staff of PC to bid their farewell.

After Konedobu, she will overnight at Kaubebe, Boroko (PC compound opposite Aku Lodge).

She will then be buried at the Nine-Mile cemetery, outside Port Moresby, the next day.

The sudden passing of the veteran journalist has shocked colleagues in the media industry.

Serve PNG with compassion: Somare

Speaking during his Royal PNG Constabulary farewell yesterday, he said like members of parliament, the work of the disciplinary forces has to be undertaken in respect to the rule of law.

Following the rule of law will determine if we can advance as a nation or collapse into mayhem and lawlessness.

“We have to uphold the law as prescribed by our constitution and must be given the same respect like all others.”

Somare urged all police men and women in the country to take pride in their work; with real conviction and real service to the community.

​‘We can transform the country’

An overwhelmed and emotional Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare stated this during his farewell yesterday at the Bomana Police College.

Thanking God for the gift of life, Somare said he has watched this nation grow from an idea to what is before us today, with the power to decide on our own destiny.

“We are going through the notion of nationhood so we must be patient,” said the Grand Chief.

“We must remember that despite going on to 42 years of independence this year, it is still quite young.”

Sir Michael says current political trend too weak

Speaking at his farewell ceremony organised by New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan on Tuesday, Sir Michael said leaders in past governments always work together to unite the people of the country and not to create divisions.

“We always have this in our heart and mind to put our people first and to unite them despite our cultures and different languages.

“We strive and take heed of our fellow leaders’ advice and always put our country first,” said Sir Michael.

He added that young leaders sometimes disobeyed advice which always leads to wrong directions.

The glue that held us together

This was what the National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, said when farewelling the country’s first prime minister and retired East Sepik Governor.

“Grand Chief, we all love you and fondly refer to you as ‘Father of the nation’. Indeed, this is a title and honour you rightly deserve,” Parkop said in Port Moresby on Wednesday.  

“You are the reason for its survival and progress because you are the foundation that has held this country together for 42 years. Whether we admit it or deny it, a fact is a fact.

Grand chief’s final words

“Who would have thought, in 1968, that my journey into the world of politics will take this long and this far?

“I have been blessed with a long life and over the years, seen this country progress from a colony.

“I will go, but if need arises, I will still speak on important issues for the betterment of PNG,” he said.

He thanked the country for the support and farewell in particular.

He also thanked the Motu-Koitabu people for giving their land, years back, to make it Port Moresby’s national capital.

Chamber of commerce applauds Somare’s stability

Representing the business community at the farewell program of Sir Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce, David Conn.

Addressing the founding father, Conn said “you brought stability”.

“We don’t need a government that flip flops on policy. We don’t need a government that makes us feel that they are hostile to us,” he said.

Conn stated that in the last 12 years of Sir Michael’s term, PNG saw sustained growth in the economy and the nation’s GDP.

Street to be named after Somare

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop announced this when farewelling Sir Michael this afternoon.

According to Parkop, the hill at Four-Mile, where the grand chief’s Port Moresby residence is located, will be called the Michael Somare Hill.

Also, a street at Waigani, referred to as Somare circuit will be renamed as Michael Somare Boulevard.

Parkop said following the elections, a four-lane road will be built there and a big statue of the Grand Chief will be erected.

Farwell program deferred to afternoon

Instead, it has been rescheduled to start at 12:30pm today.

The program will go ahead at this time as planned. It starts with a farewell program at the parliament house, then to the Constitutional Park where the East Sepik Council of Chiefs will host their farewell program.

A motorcade is then organised to proceed from the park to the former self-government office, now the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, located at Konedobu.