FORMER Southern Highlands Governor, the late Hami Yawari has been described as a leader who had his people and country at heart.
Yawari, from the Kutubu area, who rose up to become governor of the resource-rich province, was also praised for his role in supporting the LNG project to become a reality.
Former Petroleum and Energy Minister Sir Moi Avei said although the Yawari had passed on, he had left behind a legacy that would be benefit the people.
Sir Moi said Yawari was instrumental in ensuring the project agreement was signed.
He said the people of Boera and at Portion 152 must appreciate that the pipeline would be passing through Central province because of leaders like Yawari.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who attended the funeral service at Hohola Christian Outreach Victory Church yesterday, conveyed his praise for a leader who had at heart his people and country.
His body will leave for Mendi this morning before the Late Hami Yawari is laid to rest at his Gesege Village, Lake Kutubu, on Thursday