Ghana has lost another illustrious statesman who has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for our development.
Reports just coming in indicate that a former politician, Joseph Henry Mensah, popularly known as J H Mensah has passed on.
We don’t blame you if you don’t know this 90-year-old retired politician.
But with his passing, we want to take a moment and tell you about the contributions he made in his time to the development of this dear country of ours.
JH Mensah reportedly began working as an assistant inspector of taxes in 1953 while the Gold Coast was still under colonial rule.
In 1958, Mensah joined the United Nations Secretariat at the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies, in New York City, United States.
When he returned in 1961, he became the Head of Agency at the National Planning Commission.
The National Planning Commission drew and implemented the country’s Seven-Year Development Plan (1962–1969). That is influencing the current 40-year development plan the NDPC is currently working on. After that, he became the Finance Minister in 1969 to 1972.
He also served on the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank from 1993 to 1997.
In December 1996, J H Mensah contested and won a parliamentary seat in Sunyani East District as a member of the New Patriotic Party.
The NPP and Ghana have lost a good political grandfather.