Friends, relatives, colleagues and staff of the Ombudsman Commission came to pay their last respects to the late Ombudsman, John Nero.
The funeral service was held at Sioni Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby today. The late Ombudsman Nero died while on holidays at his home village of Kasena village in the Daulo District of Eastern Highlands Province.
It was a slow start to the funeral service due to the early morning rain in the nation’s capital but as the day proceeded, the seats at the Sioni Kami Memorial church were filled with friends, relatives, colleagues and dignitaries who came to bid their last farewell to the late Ombudsman. Among them, Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Kerenga Kua, Health Minister, Michael Malabag, the Electoral Commissioner, Andrew Trawen. Others also included Daulo MP, Ron Ganarafo, and Chief Ombudsman Commissioner, Rigo Lua.
The casket arrived hours after 11 o’clock this morning. As pall bearers carried the casket in, everyone reflected on how this great statesman had affected their lives one way or another. The Ombudsman Commission Staff said they will surely miss Ombudsman Nero’s style of work. He was described as man of no non sense, a straight shooter and his death being a great loss to the fight against corruption.
The local Pastor from the Evangelical Brotherhood Church described Mr. Nero as a Christian who, despite his busy schedule, had time to spare for God.
The late Ombudsman, John Gahaninge Nero Bac, was born on November 7th 1966 and died on January 11th while on holidays in his home village. He is survived by his two wives and 9 children. His body will be flown back to Goroka to the Provincial Government to pay its last respects and finally laid to rest.
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