Haruna Iddrisu (born 8 September 1970) is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician who is a member of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana representing Tamale South. He is also currently the Minority Leader in Ghana's Parliament.
|Member of the Ghana Parliament|
for Tamale South
|Assumed office |
|Minister for Employment and Labour Relations|
16 July 2014 – 6 January 2017
|President||John Dramani Mahama|
|Preceded by||Nii Armah Ashitey (MP)|
|Minister for Trade and Industry|
Feb 2013 – 16 July 2014
|President||John Dramani Mahama|
|Preceded by||Hanna Tetteh|
|Succeeded by||Ekwow Spio-Garbrah|
|Minister for Communications|
Feb 2009 – Feb 2013
|President||John Evans Atta Mills|
|Preceded by||Ben Aggrey Ntim|
|Succeeded by||Edward Omane Boamah|
|Born||8 September 1970|
|Political party||National Democratic Congress|
|Alma mater||University of Ghana|
Early life and educationEdit
Haruna Iddrisu was born in 1970 at Tamale, Ghana. Iddrisu studied at the University of Ghana between 1993 and 1997 where he obtained B.A. (Hons) in Sociology. He was active in student politics and was the President of the National Union of Ghana Students during his final year. Iddrisu is also a barrister and has been a member of the Ghana Bar Association since 2002.
After being a student leader for years in his tertiary education period, Iddrisu transitioned into mainstream national politics and rose to become the National Youth Organizer for the National Democratic Congress in 2002. He held that position for 8 years even whilst Minister of Communications until stepping down in 2010 and not seeking reelection.
As Member of ParliamentEdit
He stood for MP in the 2004 parliamentary election in the then newly formed Tamale South constituency. Iddrisu served as the Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications and also the Minority Spokesman on Communications in the fourth Parliament when the National Democratic Congress,his party was in opposition.
He retained his seat in the 2008 parliamentary election by gaining 78.2% of the total votes cast. He once again retained his seat in the 2012 parliamentary elections by getting 74.6% of the total votes cast.
Even though his party lost the Presidential Elections, Haruna retained his seat in the 2016 Elections and was selected to lead the minority caucus as the Minority Leader of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic in Ghana.
Haruna Iddrisu in January 2020, donated a CHPS compound to the Duunyin community in the Northern region of Ghana to provide health care services to the indigents of the community.
As Minister of stateEdit
He has held various positions in government, including Minister for Communications under the Mills and Mahama governments as well as Minister for Trade between 2013 and 2014. He was appointed the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations by President Mahama in July 2014.
He is a married Muslim, has 3 children and hails from the Northern Region of Ghana.
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- "ITU Council 2009 - Biography of Haruna Iddrisu, Chairman of Council 2009, Ghana's Minister of Communications". www.itu.int. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
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- "N/R: Haruna Iddrisu commissions health facility at Duunyin". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
- "Ministerial reshuffle: Spio rejoins gov't". Ghanaweb.com. Ghana Home Page. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.