President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid as Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
Dr. Abdul Hamid will be replacing Hassan Tampuli who is now Member of Parliament (MP) for Gushegu.
Sources close to Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid, told The Herald that his office at NPA is being tidied up for him to start work immediately.
The National Petroleum Authority was established by an Act of Parliament (NPA Act 2005, ACT 691) to regulate the petroleum downstream industry in Ghana. As a Regulator, the Authority ensures that the industry remains efficient, profitable, fair, and at the same time, ensuring that consumers receive value for money.
Until his appointment, Dr. Abdul Hamid was the Minister Zongo Development and Inner cities after serving as Information Minister from 2017.
It is unclear what will happen to the Zongo Development ministry. Reports available to The Herald are that President Akufo-Addo wants to face it out but Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia wants it maintained.
Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid, was the Deputy Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 election.
Dr. Hamid has one of the longest lasting relationships with President Akufo-Addo compared to the likes of Francis Asenso Boakye and Abu Jinapor, the MPs for Bantama and Damango, respectively.
Francis Asenso Boakye and Abu Jinapor had served as Deputy Chiefs of Staff at the Presidency from 2017 to 2020.
He had worked on the Statesman Newspaper as editor and moved on to serve as the National Youth Organizer of the NPP and held other positions thereafter.
He is also lecturer at University of Cape Coast, where he had been a student.
All three of them served President Akufo-Addo since his opposition days and were appointed into various positions in 2017. In Akufo-Addo's second term, he is believed to be strategically placing them in key state institutions to reward them, but importantly because he believes in their capacity to deliver.
Born in June 1971 to a military man and teacher, 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, eventually majoring in Religious Studies. He obtained an M.Phil and a PhD in Religious Studies from the same university.
During his student days at the University of Cape Coast, he was the President of the Ghana Muslim Students Association and the Students Representative Council. He is married and has seven kids.