President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
He takes over from Hassan Tampoli, who is now MP for Gushiega and a Deputy Transport Minister-designate.
The appointment takes effect from July 1, 2021.
A letter from the President to Dr. Hamid dated June 17th said the appointment has come at a time when the petroleum sector is faced with challenges amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Hamid, 50, previously served in the first-term government of President Akufo-Addo as the Minister of Information, and subsequently as the Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development.
He also served as the Deputy National Campaign Manager for President Akufo-Addo’s successful second-term bid in 2020, and was in charge of Campaign Communications.
About Mustapha Hamid
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid was born in the Northern Regional capital of Tamale on the 14th of June 1971 to Hamidu Yakubu and Adama Musah.
Hamidu Yakubu was a soldier with the 6th Battalion of Infantry in Tamale. Adama Musah is a retired teacher who taught in various schools around the Tamale metropolis.
He attended the Station Experimental Primary School in Tamale from 1976-1982. He then went to Bawku Secondary School for his Ordinary Level from 1982-1987.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid entered Tamale Secondary School in 1987 for his Advanced level.
In 1991, he entered the University of Cape Coast to pursue a Bachelor of Arts course with English Language, Classics and Religious Studies.
He eventually majored in Religious Studies, obtaining a Second Class, Upper Division. He also pursued a Diploma in Education concurrently with the Degree program. He obtained an M.Phil in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Coast in 2003.
In September 2017, he completed and was awarded a PhD in Religious Studies by the University of Cape Coast.
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has worked in various capacities as a Strategy Planning Manager and Client Service Manager with various Advertising and Marketing Companies such as the Media Majique and Research Systems and Ghana Advertising and Marketing Company.
He also worked with and edited newspapers such as the defunct High Street Journal and the Daily Statesman. He was also the News Editor at Choice FM, a radio station based in Accra whose frequency was eventually sold to the Dr. Kwabena Duffuor media group and has now become Kasapa FM.
Hamid served as a Minister for Information and later Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development.
Before his ministerial appointment in March 2017, he was a Lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values at the University of Cape Coast.