Vanuatu has lost one of its longtime resourceful personality, the late Abel Nako Hivoliliu, aged 56.
Hailing from Nduindui, in west Ambae, the late Abel Nako, was one of the first Directors General (DG) when the DGs position were first created, as the DG in the Ministry of Education and Training.
At the time of his passing away last week, the late Abel Nako was a successful business entrepreneur having operated a successful Kava bar at Belleview in Port Vila.
He death was described by the DG of the Ministry of Trade, Roy Mickey Joy, as ‘a great loss to Vanuatu in the Kava industry’ and the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce.
The late Abel Nako held the position of the President of the Nagriamel political movement until his passing away.
He was the first Director of the Vanuatu Rural Training Center (VARTCA), and served in other Government and non-government organizations (NGO) prior to his passing away.
He held a master’s degree in politics and education from the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and a degree in politics and education from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. He began his education in Nduindui West Ambae, and Malapoa College in Port Vila then moved on to USP in Fiji and ANU in Canberra, Australia.
He began his working career as a school teacher before moving on to occupy the position of DG in the Ministry of Education.
The late Nako contributed much in stories he wrote about Vanuatu and people. His memorial service took place at the PMC church in Port Vila on Friday morning last week.
He is survived by his wife and three children — two sons and a daughter.