It’s not often a province gets a visit from a representative from the Buckingham Palace in England.
The Governor General of Papua New Guinea, His Excellency, Sir Michael Ogio, made his first State Visit to East New Britain province on Thursday 27th March 2014.
He travelled to the province with his wife Lady Esmie to attend the Seventeenth Gradation of the PNG University of the Natural Resource and Environment as the Guest Speaker.
It was a red carpet welcome.
The Governor was received by the Chief of Protocol and ENB Provincial Police Commander Anthony Wagambie Jr, at Tokua airport.
He was then invited by the Parade Commander to inspect the Guard of Honour by the Disciplinary Forces.
These were the recently recruited PNG Royal Constabulary and the Correctional Service officers.
Present at the welcome ceremony was one time Papua New Guinea Ambassador to the United States and former Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Paulius Matane, ENB departmental heads, representatives from the provincial administration and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Natural Resource and Environment, Professor Phillip Siaguru.
After the formalities, the GG and the team from Port Moresby was escorted by Police from Tokua to Kokopo.
Amongst the places the GG visited was the Rabaul Volcano Observatory Centre and the former Rabaul Airport.
He was in East New Britain province for three days before returning to Port Moresby yesterday.