The former chairman of the New Patriotic Party died in London Sunday Morning from an illness.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration and later as Minister of Tourism. He is credited with the rebranding of Valentine’s Day as Chocolate Day in Ghana. He is also credited for the introduction of Friday wears in Ghana, as part of measures to promote made-in-Ghana goods. His father was one of the Big Six in Ghana’s political history.
On December 16 last year, social media got rife with rumours of death but it later turned out not to be true.
The former national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, who led the party into power in 2000 has died at age 70.
The former Minister of Tourism died in London following a protracted illness, his personal aide Bryan Acheampong confirmed.
He said the family will issue an official statement about the death of the former chief of staff soon.
A former parliamentary aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bryan Acheampong posted on his Facebook wall that the NPP bigwig was no more.
Till we meet again Sir! Till we meet again!! You were a very Good Man. Ghana has lost one fine Statesman..! RIP
Posted by Bryan Acheampong on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Jake was 70 on February 4, 2016.
From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. Previously Obetsebi-Lamptey was Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital (2002–05) and Minister of Information (2001–02).
He was the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional (civilian-to-civilian) transition of power in that country.
He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he was the National Chairman of the NPP.
Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.