CONTESTING on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Asawase bye-election, Alhaji Shuaibu Musah Shariff, popularly known in the Zongo Community as Baba Alhaji, believes he has all that it takes to lead the people in Parliament to advance the progress of the area reports Kwame Asare Boadu.
Born on October 25, 1958 in Kumasi, the NPP candidate had a modest beginning and managed to reach a very respectable position as Ghana's Ambassador to Guinea before his party recalled him recently to contest the Asawase seat, following the death of the incumbent NDC Member of Parliament, Dr Gibril Adamu Mohammed.
A fully born and bred Zongo lad, Alhaji Shariff, a product of the Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria, is an accountant by profession.
He had his primary education at the Akurem L/A Primary School and proceeded to the Aboabo Middle “A” School, both in Kumasi, to have his middle school education.
At a time education at the Zongo community was virtually at its lowest ebb, the young Shariff took a decision backed by the support of his parents not to downplay education, since that was the surest way of carving a good future for himself and his children.
The decision materialised with his admission to the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale in 1974, where he acquired his Ordinary Level certificate in 1979.
He left Ghana for Nigeria to pursue further education, and eventually entered the Bayero University, one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria, graduating with a Bsc (Accounting) in 1985.
The acquisition of higher education opened the floodgates for the young Shariff to enter the job market. He was an accountant with the Water Resources and Engineering Construction Agency of Kano.
The NPP candidate attended many courses, including the Non-water Revenue, Leak Detection and Customer Management of Nigeria, Public Sector Revenue Collection, Accounting Systems Design and Installation in the Public and Private Sector Organisation.
Alhaji Shariff has, since 1993, been the Managing Director of Sankabric Enterprise, a general business concern, and the proprietor of Spring Interntaional School in Kumasi.
He was the chairman of the Nasara Club in the Ashanti Region, the organiser of the Beacons, an association of Zongo graduates and the treasurer of the Zongo Youth Association in Kumasi.
His hobbies include sports, reading, music and travelling.
Alhaji Shariff is married and he is blessed with four children.