J.H. Mensah left “indelible mark” on Ghana’s politics – Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has expressed his condolences to the family of J.H Mensah and New Patriotic Party following the demise of the former statesman.

The former Parliamentarian who has been seeking medical treatment at the 37 military hospital for some time now reportedly passed on Wednesday evening, family sources have said.

Mr. JH Mensah was a founding member of the ruling New Patriotic Party and has served in numerous capacities at both party and national levels.

He served as a senior minister under the erstwhile John Kufuor administration.

In a tweet, the founder of the National Democratic Congress said the former Minister left an “indelible mark on Ghana’s politics.”

Below is the biography of the late JH Mensah

Joseph Henry Mensah was educated at the University of Gold Coast (now University of Ghana) between 1948 and 1954.

He proceeded to the University of London in 1954 and studied for both Bachelors and Master degrees in Economics. Mr. Mensah also had a stint at the Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, and specialised in Economic Theory and Development.

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 abroad. 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.

Mr. Mensah served as a member of the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank (ADB) between 1993 and 1997.

 

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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