Mustapha Hamid, the minister of information has revealed that he chose the path of politics to ensure former president J.J Rawlings would be removed from power.
In an interview on Top FM, the information minister explained his motivations in choosing a political career, narrating an incident from his childhood.
“During my university years, I swam into the waters of politics because of an incident I witnessed in my childhood. I was at home one day when some soldiers who claimed were sent by former president J.J.Rawlings came to arrest my daddy.
To me, I never understood the reason for this as a child but this incident forced my father into exile who later returned home only after the former president had left office. This made me vow to get as much education as possible to one day help me see Mr. Rawlings out of office,” he said..
Mustapha Hamid began his journey into politics during his years at the University of Cape Coast, where he was a member of political support group that is similar to today's TESCON NPP association.
According to him, joining the group allowed him to utilize the opportunities that crossed his path during his time there.
During his years as a graduate student, Mustapha Hamid was elected the general secretary of the National Union of Graduate Students (NUGS), and then elected the president of the UCC SRC winning over his undergrad opponents.
Earlier this year, following a successful vetting process, Mustapha Hamid was appointed the Minister of Information as part of Nana Addo's cabinet after being a spokesperson for Nana Addo for almost a decade.
Even though J.J Rawlings has been out of power for almost 2 decades, Mustapha Hamid has remained in the political sphere.
”Honestly I cannot tell why am still in politics, you know politics is very infectious,” he said.