State funeral was held yesterday for late Statesman and New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, J.H. Mensah.
The funeral service took place at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on Friday, August 17, 2018.
J.H. Mensah, died a month ago at the 37 Military Hospital at age,89.
Born October 30, 1928, J.H. Mensah served as Finance Minister under Kofi Busia’s Progress Party (PP) administration from 1969 to 1972, which was cut short by Ignatius Kutu Acheampong’s coup.
J.H. Mensah’s life in politics began in 1953 as an assistant inspector of taxes.
In 1958, he joined the United Nations Secretariat at the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies.
He returned to Ghana in 1961 to Head the National Planning Commission
J.H.Mensah attended the University of Ghana between 1948 and 1954. He then headed to the University of London then Standford University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a specialization in economic theory and development. In 1954, Mensah became a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Ghana, which lasted until 1958.
Late J.H.Mensah served as an assistant inspector of taxes in 1953, 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. Mensah returned to Ghana in 1961 as the Head of Agency at the National Planning commission. The National Planning commission drew and implemented the country’s Seven-Year Development Plan (1963/64–1969/70). In 1969, he was elected to parliament and became the Finance minister until 1972, when he was replaced by state Ignatius Kutu Acheampong after the military coup
The funeral saw attendance from President of the Republic, Vice- President, former Presidents of the State, Speaker of Parliament, Members of Parliament and many other Dignitaries.