Haruna Iddrisu

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.[1] He is also currently the Minority Leader in Ghana's Parliament.[2][3]

Haruna Iddrisu
Member of the Ghana Parliament
for Tamale South
Assumed office
Jan 2005
Preceded byFirst
Minister for Employment and Labour Relations
In office
16 July 2014 – 6 January 2017
PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama
Preceded byNii Armah Ashitey (MP)
Minister for Trade and Industry
In office
Feb 2013 – 16 July 2014
PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama
Preceded byHanna Tetteh
Succeeded byEkwow Spio-Garbrah
Minister for Communications
In office
Feb 2009 – Feb 2013
PresidentJohn Evans Atta Mills
Preceded byBen Aggrey Ntim
Succeeded byEdward Omane Boamah
Personal details
Born (1970-09-08) 8 September 1970 (age 51)
Tamale, Ghana
Political partyNational Democratic Congress
Alma materUniversity 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.[4] 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.[5]

Political careerEdit

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.[6][7] He held that position for 8 years even whilst Minister of Communications until stepping down in 2010 and not seeking reelection.[8]

As Member of ParliamentEdit

He stood for MP in the 2004 parliamentary election in the then newly formed Tamale South constituency.[9] 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.[10]

He retained his seat in the 2008 parliamentary election by gaining 78.2% of the total votes cast.[11] He once again retained his seat in the 2012 parliamentary elections by getting 74.6% of the total votes cast.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

He is a married Muslim, has 3 children and hails from the Northern Region of Ghana.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "We haven't received any PPEs from government – EC tells Haruna Iddrisu". MyJoyOnline.com. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "SIM cards re-registration comment by Bawumia ill-informed, highly naive - Minority Leader - MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Galamsey fight: Akufo-Addo's endorsement of burning excavators a breach of law - Haruna Iddrisu - MyJoyOnline.com". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Hon. Iddrisu Haruna". Parliament of Ghana. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Hon Haruna Iddrisu - Minister for Communications". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Don't leave out any Ghanaian stranded abroad – Haruna Iddrisu to government". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 26 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Haruna Iddrisu, Biography". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Haruna Iddrisu to step down as NDC Youth Organiser". MyJoyOnline.com. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Parliamentary Results Tamale South (Northern Region)". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  10. ^ "ITU Council 2009 - Biography of Haruna Iddrisu, Chairman of Council 2009, Ghana's Minister of Communications". www.itu.int. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Parliamentary Results Tamale-South (Northern Region)". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  12. ^ "Parliamentary Results - Tamale SouthConstituency". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Haruna Iddrisu named Minority Leader". Graphic Online. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  14. ^ "N/R: Haruna Iddrisu commissions health facility at Duunyin". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 7 January 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Ministerial reshuffle: Spio rejoins gov't". Ghanaweb.com. Ghana Home Page. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.

External links and sourcesEdit

Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Tamale South
2005 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Communication
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Trade and Industry
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Employment and Labour Relations
2014 –2017
Succeeded by