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3 young politicians who have inspired the youth in the north

Politics in the Northern Region in the past decades appears to have attracted more youth compared to when the fourth republican constitution started.

Much more youth are now emboldened to stand for elections either as lawmakers or executives of their respective political parties unlike what was witnessed in the early 90s.




Arguably, three persons who played key roles in student politics appear to have inspired the youth into aspiring for higher positions on the political ladder

Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid

Having stayed in Tamale for some time, he became the National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) between 2003 and 2005.

In 2013, he was appointed the Executive Secretary 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, until February 2017.

During the first term of the New Patriotic Party administration, Dr.Abdul-Hamid was appointed Minister of State responsible for Information and Government Communications. He was later re-assigned to the Ministry for Inner City and Zongo Development, in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed as the Deputy National Campaign Manager for the New Patriotic Party for the Presidential Elections. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid was born on the 14th of June 1971 in Tamale, in the Northern Region of Ghana. He attended the Station Experimental Primary School at the Kamina Barracks from 1976- 1982.

He is the current CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA)

Haruna Iddrisu

Haruna Iddrisu was at the forefront of student politics while at the University of Ghana and was the President of the National Union of Ghana Students during his final year.

He has command over a lot of the youth in the Northern sector in view of his experience as a student politician and also commands a lot of respect in the area.

After being a student leader for years in his tertiary education period, Iddrisu transitioned into mainstream national politics and rose to become the National Youth Organizer for the National Democratic Congress in 2002. He held that position for 8 years even whilst Minister of Communications until stepping down in 2010 and not seeking reelection.

Many youths in the area aspire to be like him. He has Member of Parliament for Tamale South Since January 2005 and served as Minister of Communications, Trade and Industry, Labour Relations and currently Minority Leader.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam

Also a former Student leader, he became the youngest Deputy Minister under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor administration.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam (also called Anta) has accumulated over 20 years of political experience and is safely described as one of the most experienced northern politicians in the Dombo-Busia tradition.

He started politics very early in his life, right from secondary school. His interest in politics earned him the nickname “political Anta` whilst he was in secondary school at the Northern School of Business from 1988 to 1990.

Whilst at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), he was a very active member of the NPP and worked closely with Madam Christine Churcher. then NPP Candidate for Cape Coast. during the elections in 1996.

He was the Secretary of the University of Cape Coast branch of the NPP (now known as TESCON). taking over from Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid, Minister for Zongo and Inner Cities Development. During that time, he led NPP members of the University in many outreach programs. propagating the philosophy of the party.

This earned him the admiration of the NPP National Headquarters and particularly those of the late Major Courage Quashigah. then National Organiser of the Party and Mr. Dan Botwe, then Director of Operations.

Dr. Amin was in 1998 elected the National Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and two months later. became the National President by popular acclamation at the Central Committee of NUGS. This enhanced his political apprenticeship as he became a very popular leader in the struggle for the welfare and interest of Ghanaian students.

In 2005. President Kufour appointed him as Deputy Regional Minister for the Northern Region. He was later to have the opportunity to serve the people of Tamale when the President appointed him Mayor of the City.

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