E T Mensah tests positive for COVID-19; on admission at UGMC

A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and former Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Enoch Teye Mensah, is on admission at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after testing positive to the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

The former Sports Minister in the erstwhile Jerry John Rawlings administration was taken ill this morning and was rushed to the UGMC. Checks from hospital sources confirmed that the popular politician was brought to the hospital amidst complains that he could not breathe. He was admitted and is currently being treated for COVID-19.

Enoch Teye Mensah (64) is a politician and a member of the council of elders of the NDC. During the time of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) military regime in Ghana, he was for a long time, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), or Mayor of the City of Accra.

He joined the National Democratic Congress when it was formed in 1992. At the beginning of the Fourth Republic, he was appointed Minister for Youth and Sports by President Jerry Rawlings. E.T. Mensah held that position through both terms of the Rawlings government.

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. He was the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament prior to the Ghanaian parliamentary election in 2008.

In January 2009, he became the Majority Chief Whip in Parliament. In January 2010, after a cabinet reshuffle, President John Atta Mills appointed him Minister for Employment and Social Welfare. In January 2011, he was appointed Minister for Education following the resignation of Betty Mould-Iddrisu. On 21 November 2015 he lost the NDC primaries to Sam George, the current member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram. E. T. Mensah was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Volta by President John Agyekum Kufuor’s government.

Source: Asaase Radio

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