Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Jomoro Constituency and a former Education Minister under President Atta Mills, Lee Ocran, was on Saturday, April 13, 2019, laid to rest at his hometown, Nawule near Half Assini in the Jomoro Municipality of the Western Region.
The late Lee Tandoh Ocran, died on Thursday, February 21, 2019.
The former High Commissioner to South Africa, passed away at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra. He was 74-years-old. He left behind three children and a wife.
In his tribute, the former President and Flagbearer of the NDC, Mr Mahama, noted that late Lee Ocran was a very principled person and a personal friend.
Mr Mahama, also described his former colleague in Parliament, as a very liberal person who gave him lessons in politics.”…Lee Ocran was an unrepentant Nkrumist and know that I came from Nkrumist family, I became a close comrade of his, we became friends at East Legon”, he revealed.
He continued “…Of course we know what the work Lee Ocran, has done not only for our party, but also for us when we were in government, he served in many positions and he served with his vision”.
He added “Of course one thing that we all know Lee Ocran for because he was very principled person and if he believed in something, there was nothing you could ever do to change his mind”.
“We have lost a true Comrade and a friend, even in the last minute on his hospital bed, I believed…was still at work, I went to visit him in the hospital and he then woke him up from sleep, I talked to him, he smiled and I told him he didn’t deserve to be here at this time because in 2020 we have a very serious matter ahead”.
“And that was the nature of the man, fact, very truthful and so on this occasion all we can do is to console the bereaved family and so urge that we celebrate the life of deceased and that we lay the ideals that he stood for in life and that was one of principle and integrity”, he said.
“On behalf of the whole NDC party, we wish our Comrade Lee Ocran a peaceful rest, may his soul rest in perfect peace”, he concluded.
He served as Minister for Education of Ghana from 2012 to 2013. Ocran was appointed Minister by President John Atta Mills in February 2012 in a cabinet reshuffle, following the resignation of Betty Mould-Iddrisu from the government and the sacking of Martin Amidu.
In 2000 he was Deputy Minister of Environment Science and Technology. He was MP for the Jomoro Constituency, until he lost his seat to the daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, Samia Nkrumah of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the December 2008 parliamentary election.
In February 2014, Ocran was sworn in as board chairman of the Volta River Authority. On May 13, 2015 he described the Bui Dam as a White Elephant (extravagant but burdensome gift).
Other party officials, including Johnson AsieduNketia, NDC General Secretary, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, NDC National Chairman, Joshua Akamba, NDC National Organiser, Emmanuel Armah Kofi-Buah, Ellembelle MP, Jomoro MP, Paul Essien, North Tongu MP, Samuel O. Ablakwa, NDC Western Regional Chairman, Nana Toku, NPP Westerm Regional Chairman, Francis Ndede Siah, Nana Oye Lithur, former Gender Minister, former Chief of Defence Staff, General Blay, among others were there to commiserate and pay their final respects.