President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
The former Minister for Zongo and Inner City Development also served as minister of information, the deputy national campaign manager for President Akufo-Addo’s successful second term bid in 2020, and was in charge of the campaign’s communications.
The NPA oversees all operations in the multibillion-dollar downstream petroleum sector.
The appointment takes effect from 1 July 2021. The news was communicated in a letter dated 17 June.
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 of 2017, he completed and was awarded a PhD in Religious Studies by the University of Cape Coast.
Career and political life
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 is the former minister for information. Before his appointment as minister for information in March 2017, he was a lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values of the University of Cape Coast. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid’s career as a politician began in 1991, when he entered the University of Cape Coast.