Papua New Guinealost anther pioneer statesman today, Sir Tore Lokoloko.
Sir Tore succumbed to a long term illness atthe PacificInternational Hospital in Port Moresby inthe early hours of this morning.
Sir Tore wasthe second Governor General of Papua New Guineafrom 1977 to 1983. He was also a member ofthe House of Assembly of Papua and New Guinea prior to self-government from 1968 to 1972.
He was selected to replace Sir John Guise as Governor-General on 18 February 1977, and remained in that position through 1st March 1983. He later becamethe chairman ofIndosuez Niugine Bank, a position he remained in through 1989.
He was Governor-General during Queen Elizabeth'’s Silver Jubilee visit tothe country, when he was appointed GCVO and GCMG.
The Late Sir Tore Lokoloko passed away at around 3:30 am due to respiratory failure and asthma.
The body of Sir Tore was taken tothe Funeral Home Services today where it will remain until all funeral arrangements have been confirmed.
Sir Tore Lokoloko dlied atthe age of 82.
Meantime, Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio has expressed his condolences tothe family, relatives and people of Gulf Province onthe passing of Sir Tore Lokoloko.
Sir Michael’saidthe country has lost a great leader and senior statesmen.
Also, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill described Sir Tore as an exemplary leader who was well respected.