Former Secretary to ex-President J.A Kufuor, Ambassador D.K Osei has said the late J.H Mensah, Statesman and a stalwart of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) died a pauper after several decades of dedicated service to the country.
According to him, J.H Mensah, a Finance Minister who served ex Presidents Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. K.A Busia and J.A Kufuor was a selfless public servant and politician who was passionate about working hard to the develop Ghana and never sought to enrich himself while in office.
“At the time that I was getting into the university, it was obvious to most of my friends that I was getting into politics but it was J.H who encouraged me to stick to public service. I’ve no regrets for having served this country for well over 40 years as a public servant. I think that I cannot by the greatest stretch of my imagination think that I’ve done one-tenth of what J.H did but he led the way. He thought us how to serve and love the country.
“But most important of all his integrity was impeccable, I literally can say J.H died as a pauper. You know, a lot of Ghanaians will be shocked by what I’m saying but he did…he did. I don’t want to get into complex explanation, material things were unimportant to him.” Ambassador D.K Osei told Paul Adom Otchere in an interview on Good Evening Ghana show in memory of J.H Mensah.
The 89-year-old Economist passed on at the 37 Military Hospital on Thursday 12th July where he had been seeking medical treatment for some time now.
He was buried on Friday, August 17, 2018.