The Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has been elected President of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA).
His nomination was approved by the executive committee of the continental body in Cape Town, South Africa after the Annual General Meeting unanimously ratified his appointment.
This is the first time a Ghanaian is leading the association and also the first time a petroleum downstream regulator is leading the body.
His sterling leadership and visible results in the Ghanaian petroleum downstream were considered during his appointment.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid, in his inaugural speech, pledged to “make the association more inclusive and attractive to increase membership in order to achieve the stated objectives.”
He will be responsible for chairing and running the Annual General Meetings and the Executive Committee meetings.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Association, Annibor Kragha, said the NPA boss’ honesty and integrity in public life made him a suitable candidate for the top job.
The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) is an organization with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, but its operational office is in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
The organization is made up of members who share a common interest in matters of refining as well as storage, distribution, and regulation of petroleum products in Africa, according to its constitution.