Minister nominee for Information, Mustapha Hamid, has said he would have preferred to take up another role instead of what has been offered him under President Nana Addo’s government.
Speaking on the Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News, Mr. Hamid, who had been a spokesperson for Nana Addo before he became President, said he is convinced serving as the President’s Spokesperson for ten years, would have qualified him to take up another challenge instead of the current position which will still require him to be a communicator.
“To be very honest with you, it is not something that I would have loved to do. Why because I mean of course in life you want to over periods of time take up other challenges so ten years on the job, I thought would have been enough for me to take up another challenge… so my first choice would not have been to be Minister for Information and Presidential Spokesperson.”
He was however quick to add that, he knew why the President chose him for that position, saying “…I also understand him. The fact that I am the person he is sure about, that I understand his thinking on any issue at any time and so on…If I were in his shoes that is what I would have done. I will stick with what I know.” He further stated that, he did not lobby for the position.
“No I did not ask him, I did not lobby. I guess that the fact that I have spoken for him for ten years, speaks volumes of the fact that he is satisfied.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, appointed Mustapha Hamid, as his Minister nominee for Information while announcing the third batch of Ministers nominee at the Flagstaff House on Thursday.
This announcement follows a similar one on Tuesday and Wednesday, which saw persons including Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West constituency, Ursula Owusu, the National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Otiko Afisa Djaba and Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey being appointed as Minister for Communications, Minister for Gender and Social Protection and Foreign Affairs Minister respectively. In all, Nana Addo has announced the names of 36 persons for various ministries. He however explained that six of the nominees will serve as Ministers of State at the presidency.