Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, CEO of the National Petroleum Authority, has been elected as the President of the Africa Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) during its annual conference held in Cape Town, South Africa on Thursday.
ARDA serves as the association of all downstream petroleum operators in Africa, with a membership of 74 organizations from 52 African countries, its legal headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and operational headquarters in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.
Dr Abdul-Hamid's nomination was approved by the Executive Committee of the organization, and later, unanimously endorsed by the General Assembly, during its meeting held on Thursday, 16th February 2023. Dr Abdul-Hamid's presidency is effective for one year and is renewable for another year.
According to Anibor Kragha, the Executive Secretary of ARDA, Dr Abdul-Hamid's nomination was based on his tremendous contribution and dynamic transformation of the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana.
During the General Assembly's meeting, the former President of ARDA, Madame Marieme Ndoye Decraene, asked Dr Abdul-Hamid to address the assembly and explain why his nomination should be approved.
Dr Abdul-Hamid stated that his tenure as the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority had led to significant reforms that transformed the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana, and he believed that his experience in leadership could bring growth and development to ARDA.
Dr Abdul-Hamid said, “I have been Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) since July 2021 and I believe that in my time at the NPA, we have put in place reforms that are transforming the landscape of the downstream petroleum industry in Ghana.”
“Secondly, I have been in leadership for most of my adult life, including serving as Minister for Information for the Republic of Ghana and also as Minister responsible for Inner City and Zongo Development.
“I, therefore, believe that I can bring my wide experience in leadership to bear on ARDA and ensure its growth and development for the betterment of the downstream petroleum industry in Africa” he added.
Dr Abdul-Hamid's nomination was unanimously endorsed by the General Assembly.
The newly sworn-in President of ARDA, Dr Abdul-Hamid, promised to work closely with the Executive Secretary and the Abidjan secretariat to ensure the growth and development of ARDA.
Dr Abdul-Hamid thanked the former President, Madame Marieme Decraene, for her good work and pledged to improve ARDA's fortunes further. The next annual conference of ARDA is scheduled to take place in March 2024 in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.