President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Mustapha Abdul-Hamid at the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
Dr Abdul-Hamid takes over from Alhassan Tampuli Suleman, who resigned after winning the Gushegu parliamentary seat during the 2020 elections.
He is expected to assume office from July 1.
A release signed by the management and staff of NPA said they welcome the appointment as “great news”.
Dr Abdul-Hamid, a journalist, academic and a politician, holds an MPhil and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Coast. He also taught as a lecturer in the Department of Religion and Human Values at the same university.
Dr Abdul-Hamid was the National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party between 2003 and 2005.
In 2013, he was appointed the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, a policy and research think-tank based in Accra.
In 2007, he was appointed Spokesperson for the then New Patriotic Party presidential candidate,
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, a position he held until February 2017.
During the first term of the Akufo-Addo administration, Dr Abdul-Hamid was appointed
Minister of State responsible for Information and Government Communications. He was later reassigned to the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development in 2018.
In 2020, he was appointed as the Deputy National Campaign Manager for the NPP for the presidential election.
Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid was born on June 14, 1971 in Tamale, in the Northern Region, and attended the Station Experimental Primary School at the Kamina Barracks from 1976 to 1982.
In the year 1982, he gained admission to Bawku Secondary School where he sat for the Ordinary Level Examination in 1987.
He then attended Tamale Secondary School for his Sixth Form education where he sat for his Advance Level Examination in 1989.
In 1991, he entered the University of Cape Coast for his undergraduate studies, where he studied Classics, English and Religion. He majored in Religious Studies and obtained a Second Class Honours, Upper Division.
He had previously worked as the News Editor for Choice FM, then based in Accra, Editor of the Statesman newspaper and the Highstreet Journal.
He has several global scholarly publications to his name, and comes into the job with a reputation for upholding honesty and integrity in his public life.