ET Mensah, a former Council of State member and Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, has away at the age of 77.
He reportedly passed away last night in South Africa following a protracted battle with illness.
This follows the death of Theresa Kufuor, the former first lady, on Sunday, October 1, 2023.
From January 1997 until January 2017, Enoch Teye Mensah (born on May 17, 1946) served as Ghana’s Minister of Education and a member of Parliament.
He had seven children, was married, and went by the moniker ET Mensah.
Education and early life
Mensah was born on 17th May, 1946 and comes from Prampram in the Greater Accra Region Ghana. He schooled at the SNAPS College of Accountancy, which he completed in 1968. He also had his RSA III in 1970, and he became a fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants in 1986. He is an Account Officer and worked at the University of Ghana, Legon as Accounting Officer.
As Mayor of Accra
During the time of the PNDC military regime in Ghana, he was the long time Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), akin to being the Mayor of the City of Accra. He joined the National Democratic Congress when it was formed in 1992.
As Member of Parliament
He also stood for the Ghanaian parliamentary election in 1996 and was elected MP for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, holding the seat for almost a decade. After the NDC lost the 2000 elections, he continued as a member of parliament. Mensah lost the NDC primaries to Sam George on 21 November 2015. He once served as the Minority Chief Whip in parliament prior to the parliamentary election in 2008. In January 2009, he became the Majority Chief Whip in parliament.
As Minister of State
At the beginning of the Fourth Republic, he was appointed Minister for Youth and Sports by President Jerry Rawlings. Mensah held that position through both terms of the Rawlings government. In January 2010, after a cabinet reshuffle, President John Atta Mills appointed him Minister for Employment and Social Welfare.
Mensah was a member of the Pan-African Parliament until January 2009, when he resigned after being appointed a member of state. In January 2011, he was appointed Minister for Education following the resignation of Betty Mould-Iddrisu.
On 12 February 2021, Mensah was unanimously elected as the representative of Council of State for the Greater Accra Region.
Mr. E. T. Mensah was married with seven children.