Former National Service Scheme (NSS) boss and MP for Yagaba-Kubori, Mustapha Ussif has been nominated by President Akufo-Addo as Minister-designate for the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Mr Ussif, who until recently headed the National Service Scheme as the Executive Director, is credited with significant transformation at the institution.

These transformational legacies include the introduction of a paperless registration process, certificate delivery service, personnel authentication process, and many others.

The new Sports Minister nominee hails from Yagaba-Kubori in the North East Region and first served as the Member of Parliament for the Constituency in the 6th Parliament of the 4th republic.

He later lost his seat to his predecessor in 2016 before being appointed to head the NSS, where he was serving until he recaptured the Yagaba-Kubori Parliamentary seat in the 2020 elections.

Mr. Ussif had his secondary level education at the Salaga Secondary School and later enrolled at Bagabaga Teacher Training College from 1998 – 2001.

He then taught at Watania JSS for some time.

Between 2007 – 2010, the legislator went to Anglia Ruskin University at Chelmsford in the UK to study BA (Hon) in International Business Management.

He again undertook an Executive Program in Management Development at the University of Wales and also holds an MBA in Finance with distinction from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK.

He also worked as a freelance consultant for Action Aid UK and was an active member of the Mines and Energy Committee of the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic.

He is replacing Isaac Kwame Asiamah who served as Minister of Sports during the first term of the Akufo-Addo government from 2017 to 2021.

He joins 29 others nominated to different ministries as announced in a press statement by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

Mr. Ussif and the other nominees are expected to meet the appointment committee of Parliament chaired by the first Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu.