President Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
He replaces Hassan Tampuli who is now Member of Parliament (MP) for Gushegu in the Northern Region and a Deputy Transport Minister-designate.
Dr. Hamid’s appointment as CEO takes effect from July 1, according to a letter dated June 17, 2021.
The appointment came at a time when the Authority is beset with challenges in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He is expected to steer the affairs of the NPA in regulating, overseeing and monitoring the petroleum downstream industry in Ghana for efficiency, growth and stakeholder satisfaction, which is the vision and mission of the Authority.
About Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid
He was born in the Northern Regional capital of Tamale on the 14th of June 1971 to Hamidu Yakubu and Adama Musah.
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.
He became a Lecturer at the Department of Religion and Human Values at the University of Cape Coast.
Dr. Hamid also served as a Minister for Information and later Minister for Inner-City and Zongo Development.
Prior to his ministerial appointment he was the campaign manager and spokesperson for then candidate Akufo-Addo from 2008 to 2017.