Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

NCD honors late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare

Speakers of the night rekindled the true meaning of Papua New Guinea being a state and how it is supposed to symbolize freedom, peace and unity. 

A ‘Walk for Sana’ was part of the commemorative events and residents of the nation’s capital took part in the walk from Paga Hill to the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium. 

The night was eventful with the performance of several items including the Royal PNG Constabulary band performing the National Anthem and several other patriotic national songs.  

PNGFA commemorates GC Sir Michael

“He comes from my district in Angoram, and I want to thank the department for the long respect you all have given him on this day when you gathered to express your condolences but also to celebrate in this time or moment, for a great man of our nation, who brought PNG to this far.

Albanese pays respect to Chief Sir Michael

The visit took place on the second day of his two-day visit to Papua New Guinea; the first for any Australian Prime Minister in over four years.

Both prime ministers were received by the Somare family into their home where respects were paid by the leaders to a great man and leader in Sir Michael.

Following the visit to the Somare residence, the delegation laid wreaths and paid respects at Mission Hill Boys Town.

The Mission Hill was the site of the Japanese 18th Army headquarters. It saw heavy fighting in May 1945.

MRDC Supports Memorial Eve Tribute

The Late Great Grand Chief had a long and remarkable relationship with the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC).

At Independence Somare set up the state-owned company to participate in the development of the mineral resources, and manage and grow the wealth the resource revenue generated.

MRDC has since evolved into an iconic state-owned management company holding landowner interests of its beneficiaries in the PNGLNG Project, the Ok Tedi, Porgera and Ramu Nickel mines and the oil projects of Gobe, Moran and Kurubu.

Governor Parkop Pays Tribute

In paying tribute to Great Grand Chief Somare on Independence Day, Governor Parkop reminded Papua New Guineans to embrace and be guided by positive values and principles in their personal and public life.

He said Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare succeeded in moulding our leaders, people and country together because he was guided by strong faith in our people and he had vision, character and values.

Teak planted in Somare Compartment

The stumps were planted in mid-March, during the commemoration of the annual United Nations sanctioned International Day of Forests held at Kuriva Forestry Plantation, an hour’s drive out of Port Moresby.

The Forestry sector takes its hat off to the Grand Chief who, during his term as Prime Minister, led international talks which greatly progressed forestry and climate change initiatives.

In 2002, the Somare-led Government introduced the Export Driven Recovery Strategy to resurrect the ailing economy.

Fr Jan pays tribute to Sir Michael

The tribute service was held in early March in the administration building of the newly established Western Pacific University campus in Ialibu-Pangia District of the Southern Highlands Province.

WPU's executive chair, Professor Fr. Jan, emphasised that the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was passionate about improving the country’s education system.

Pomaleu disappointed at airport breach

Pomaleu, who is the Secretary for Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council, said he understood the people’s wish to see the Grand Chief be given an honourable repatriation that is fit for the Founding Father of our Nation, but their right to express their wish should be done within the parameters of the laws.

UK’s PM expresses sadness

In a letter dated March 11th, the UK PM offered his government’s deepest condolences.

“Sir Michael’s title as ‘Father of the Nation’ is richly deserved, having overseen the birth of Papua New Guinea as a sovereign, independent nation and valued member of the Commonwealth,” PM Johnson stated.

“The honours bestowed on Sir Michael by Her Majesty the Queen bear witness to his stature and the regard with which he was held.

He fought for our freedom: Sir Gibbs

The head of the judiciary was part of the special parliament sitting on Thursday, March 11th, to bid farewell to the founding father of the nation.

Sir Gibbs urged Papua New Guineans to guard their PNG identity with integrity and respect.

In a patriotic speech, he said it was fitting that leaders from the three arms of government, including the Governor General, bid farewell to the founding father of the nation in the house that he built.

Sir Gibbs said his death has united the country.