PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Tuesday has paid his final respects to the late Sir Paul Tovua.
The Prime Minister and his wife Madam Sogavare paid their final respects as the body of the late Sir Paul Tovua Lay-in-State at the National Parliament Chambers, a statement issued by the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said.
Prime Minister Sogavare and Madam Sogavare also attended the funeral service at the Holy Cross Cathedral.
The Prime Minister in his condolence message has conveyed on behalf of the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) and the people of Solomon Islands, his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the wife, children, and members of the immediate family, relatives, friends, and colleagues on the passing of the late Sir Paul Tovua.
Prime Minister Sogavare described Sir Paul Tovua’s passing as a monumental loss for Solomon Islands as a nation.
The Prime Minister said the late Sir Paul Tovua was one of the founding fathers of our nation and a proud Solomon Islander.
“My government honour his legacy and mourn his loss alongside his family, friends, colleagues, and all the people of Solomon Islands. Let us all remember the contributions of this great man to our nation,” he said.
The late Sir Paul Tovua was a founding member of the first National Parliament of Solomon Islands when his Central Guadalcanal Constituency elected him into the National Parliament in 1976.
He served his Constituency in Parliament from 1976 to 1980.
He was re-elected into the National Parliament in October 1984 and served until February 1989.
In 1994, he was elected Speaker to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. He held this role until 2001.
The late Sir Paul Tovua held various ministerial portfolios during his time as a Member of Parliament.
In addition to his Parliamentary appointments, the late Sir Paul Tovua was also a member of the Commonwealth Observer Group that monitored elections in Pakistan in 1993, the first post-apartheid election in South Africa in 1994, and observed elections in Pakistan in 1997.
Before entering the Parliament scene, the Late Sir Tovua was the first-ever Land Valuer in Solomon Islands.
The late Sir Paul Tovua also served as the first Chairman of the Political Parties Commission and remained a member until his passing.