ET Mensah, the former Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram constituency and a Council of State member, has passed away at the age of 77.
Tragically, he breathed his last in South Africa last night, following a prolonged battle with ill-health.
This sorrowful news follows closely on the heels of the passing of former First Lady Theresa Kufuor on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
Enoch Teye Mensah, born on May 17, 1946, served as both a Minister for Education and a Member of Parliament in Ghana from January 1997 to January 2017.
ET Mensah, as he was affectionately known, was a devoted family man, married, and a father of seven.
Notably, during the era of the PNDC military regime in Ghana, he held the prestigious position of Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), akin to the role of Mayor of the City of Accra. He aligned himself with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) upon its formation in 1992.
In the parliamentary elections of 1996, ET Mensah contested and emerged victorious, becoming the MP for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, a post he held for nearly a decade. Even after the NDC lost the 2000 elections, he continued to serve as a member of parliament. It was in 2015 that he lost the NDC primaries to Sam George on November 21.
His political journey included serving as the Minority Chief Whip in parliament leading up to the Ghanaian parliamentary election in 2008. Subsequently, in January 2009, he took on the role of Majority Chief Whip in Parliament.
At the inception of the Fourth Republic, President Jerry Rawlings appointed him as the Minister for Youth and Sports, a position he held throughout both terms of the Rawlings government. In January 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, President John Atta Mills entrusted him with the role of Minister for Employment and Social Welfare.
ET Mensah also represented Ghana as a member of the Pan-African Parliament until January 2009 when he resigned due to his appointment as a member of the state. In January 2011, he assumed the mantle of Minister for Education, succeeding Betty Mould-Iddrisu.
On February 12, 2021, ET Mensah was unanimously elected as the representative of the Council of State for the Greater Accra Region, a testament to his enduring commitment to public service.
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