Meet Mustapha Ussif ; the teacher-turned-politician and now Youth & Sports minister designate

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The young politician is expected to help Nana Akufo-Addo to achieve success following his appointment as the new minister for Youth and Sports as Isaac Asiamah moves out

Following Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo’s reelection and swearing in as Ghana’s president on December 7, 2020 and January 7, 2021 respectively, he has openly made it clear that there will be a lot of changes in his administration and particularly made emphasis on the number of ministers he will be appointing.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of known faces have seen their roles taken away from them due to several reasons and one of them is member of parliament for Atwima Mponua constituency Isaac Asiamah who until recently was the Youth and Sports minister.

Despite Asiamah becoming one of the few sports ministers to stay in office for four years and several multipurpose sports complexes were built during his reign, he has been ditched in the second term of Akufo-Addo’s administration.

As a result, Mustapha Ussif, a member of parliament for the Yagaba/Kubori Constituency has been designated as his successor should he pass the mandatory and rigorous vetting processes expected to come on very soon.

Born on August 16, 1979, Mustapha is a native of Tantaala in the Northern Region of Ghana and entered parliament in 2013 after winning the parliamentary elections in December 2012 on the ticket of New Patriotic Party. Although, he lost the seat to Abdul-Rauf Tanko Ibrahim of the National Democratic Congress during the 2016 Parliamentary elections, Mustapha reclaimed it in 2020 in fashionable style.

He became a professional teacher in the early 2000’s after successfully completing Bagabaga Teacher Training College now Bababaga College of Education.

After some years of teaching, he decided to switch career and attended Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and Management in 2010 before he furthered his education at the University of Gloucestershire and graduated in 2011 with Masters degree in Finance and Investment.

Mustapha became an Investment Analyst at Ray and Associates, UK in 2010 and later joined Action Aid UK as a Freelance Consultant.

He has served on various committees in parliament including the Mines and Energy Committee, and the Standing Orders Committee Committee.

Until recently, Mustapha was serving as the executive director of the National Service Scheme before he became a member of Parliament once again.

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