The last surviving member of Kwame Nkrumah’s cabinet has passed on

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Franklin Adubobi Jantuah, the only surviving member of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s regime has died.

He died at the age of 91.

Franklin Adubobi was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was a minister of state in the first republic and in the Provisional National Defence Council.

He served as minister of Agriculture in the Nkrumah government and minister for local government in the PNDC regime.

He had his early education at English Church Mission School in Kumasi and Asante College also in Kumasi from 1943 to 1944.

He continued at Adisadel College, Cape Coast from 1945 to 1947. He proceeded to Korle-Bu Dispensing School in 1947 where he obtained a certificate in Pharmacy in 1948.

In 1954, he left for England to study at the London Tutorial College and the University of London from 1956 to 1959.

He studied law at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, London.

Career and politics

He began legal practice in 1960. He entered parliament in 1965 representing the Ejisu constituency during the first republic.

On June 13 that same year, he was appointed Minister for Agriculture; a position he served in until February 1966 when the Nkrumah government was overthrown.

During the Acheampong regime he became a leading member of the People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ); a political group that opposed the union government (Unigov) idea that was proposed by Ignatius Kutu Acheampong and his government.

In 1974, he became a member of the Kumasi City Council and in 1983 became the chairman of the council.

He consequently became the Ashanti Regional secretary (Ashanti Regional minister) in the PNDC regime and in 1984 he was appointed Secretary for Local Government (Minister for Local Government).

He served in this capacity until 1986 when he was relieved of his duties on health grounds.

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