ACTING PM ANNOUNCES PASSING OF FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL SIR SILAS ATOPARE: GOV’T TO HONOR HIM

Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Soroi Eoe, MP, today officially announced the passing of one of Papua New Guinea’s former Governor-General, Sir Silas Atopare, recently. 

He said it is indeed a very sad occasion to announce to the country the passing of the Late Sir Silas, two days ago. 

“Sir Silas was PNG’s 7th Governor-General and one of the important pioneers from his province. 

He was one of the founding fathers of this country, who emerged from humble beginnings, from Eastern Highlands Province. 

“In respect to this great man, all funeral expenses will be taken care of by the Government and he will be honored by a State funeral. 

“The Government has appointed and tasked the Housing Minister, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, to manage all funeral arrangements, till the former Governor-General is laid to rest,” the Acting Prime Minister said. 

He further announced that all flags will be flown on half-mast, all day tomorrow (24/09/21). 

He said the Government and family will await the Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape to return from UNGA, then the former Governor-General, will be laid to rest. 

On behalf of the Government and my family I extended my deepest sympathies to the family and assured all funeral protocols will be conveyed to the late former Governor-General.