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Former Senior Minister, J. H. Mensah Is Dead

The former diplomat and Senior minister in the erstwhile Kuffour regime, according to report is said to have died after a short illness at the age of 90.

July 12, 2018

Ace politician and economist, Joseph Henry Mensah has passed on early Thursday, July 12, 2018 morning at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra, Brytfmonline.com can confirm.

The former diplomat and Senior minister in the erstwhile Kuffour regime, according to report is said to have died after a short illness at the age of 90.

Born on 31st October, 1928, Mr. Mensah has held a lot of positions in academics as well as politics from the time of independence till his demise.

J. H. Mensah as affectionately called attended the University of Gold Coast (University of Ghana) from 1948-1954 and later proceeded to the University of London and Stanford University where he acquired bachelor and master’s degrees.

During the era of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the late diplomat was in charge of National Development Planning Commission and also the Finance minister in the Busia’s government.

He was a member of African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank from 1993-1997.

Mr. Mensah has since played major role in the economic and political development of the country.

J. H Mensah is a founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party and served in three different ministerial positions under the John Agyekum Kufuor administration.

He was a former Minority leader and a Majority leader and held his last top government position in 2005 when he was appointed Senior minister by President Kufuor.

His working experience dates back to 1953 when he was appointed as an Assistant Inspector of Taxes by the colonial administration.

The Senior Minister of Government Business also worked as a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Ghana between 1954 and 1958.He joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1958 as an Economic Affairs Officer at the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies, in New York.

In 1961, Mr. Mensah was the Head of Agency at the National Planning commission of the Government of Ghana, which drew and implemented the country’s Seven-Year Development Plan (1962 ­ 1969).

During the Progress Party (PP) administration (1969-1972), he was the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning as well as a Member of Parliament (MP).

Between 1974 and now, Mr. Mensah has worked in different capacities both at home and aboard. These include Chairman and Managing Director, Development and Managing Director, Development and Management Consultants (Ghana) Ltd; Chairman, Sunyani District Council (1978-1981), and Proprietor of Banka Farms Limited.

In 1996, he contested the Sunyani East seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and won in the Parliamentary elections in December 1996 to become an MP. He retained the seat in the 2000 polls.

He was also a Commissioner in the National Liberation Council and Minister in charge of Finance, until Gen. A. A. Afrifa handed over power to a civilian government.

J. H Mensah was for a very long time, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani beginning from the Busia regime.

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