IT IS with the greatest of sadness that I mourn with the rest of Bougainville the passing of one of this nation’s finest statesmen, the late Governor-General His Excellency Sir Michael Ogio.
The late Sir Michael Ogio served this nation and the people of Bougainville with commitment and great distinction.
His long career began as an educator, politician and peacemaker and finally he held the highest office in the land as Governor-General.
Sir Michael was a staunch Catholic and family man; he was a man amongst men, a leader with a heart for his people. His selflessness and Christian values were the hallmark of his jovial attitude to life, which he lived to the full.