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JH Mensah was an accomplished and distinguished politician by all standard-Parliament

Written by  Jul 12, 2018
Parliament has eulogized the late JH Mensah, a former parliamentarian and politician who died at the age of 89. Tamale Central MP, Inusah Fuseini described him as a consummate politician. “He understood, on a personal level, the problems confronting this country and sought as a person to contribute his quota towards the upliftment of the country. “We saw it in every contribution he made on the floor of the house. Most of us, even though from different political divides sought to take inspiration from him,” he added. Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu described him as someone who was a great performer in the areas of economics, law, education, trade, agriculture and every other sector. He was grateful to the encouragement from the late politician which has made him what he is today. He said, the late JH Mensah focused on building Ghana and not himself and would be remembered for his selflessness and dedication. Mr Okudjeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu on his part, described the late JH Mensah, as a blessed man whose life was well lived and distinguished himself wherever he worked. He posited that, the authoring of the seven years development for Ghana was the finest by the late veteran politician. ‘’He inspired us and it is really sad we could not have the opportunity to be mentored by this man.’’ He sadly said. J.H Mensah, a Gold Coaster born in October 1928 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. Mr. Mensah served as a member of the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank (ADB) between 1993 and 1997. 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 the Minority Leader in Parliament during the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
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