Biography of Haruna Iddrisu

Haruna Iddrisu

Haruna Iddrisu

Attorney and politician Haruna Iddrisu, who represents Tamale South in the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, was born in Ghana on September 8, 1970. Additionally, he is the minority leader in Ghana’s parliament at the moment.

Quick Facts: Hon., Member of the Ghana Parliament for Tamale South …

Haruna Iddrisu

Member of the Ghana Parliament

for Tamale South


Assumed office

Jan 2005

Preceded by


Minister for Employment and Labour Relations

In office

16 July 2014 – 6 January 2017


John Dramani Mahama

Preceded by

Nii Armah Ashitey (MP)

Minister for Trade and Industry

In office

Feb 2013 – 16 July 2014


John Dramani Mahama

Preceded by

Hanna Tetteh

Succeeded by

Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

Minister for Communications

In office

Feb 2009 – Feb 2013


John Evans Atta Mills

Preceded by

Ben Aggrey Ntim

Succeeded by

Edward Omane Boamah

Personal details


8 September 1970 (age 50)

Tamale, Ghana



Political party

National Democratic Congress



Alma mater

University of Ghana




Early life and Education

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.

Political career

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 Parliament

He stood for parliament 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 as the Minority Leader of the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic in Ghana.

Haruna Iddrisu in January 2020, donated of 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 state

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.

Personal life

He is a Muslim and has 3 children and also from the northern region in Ghana.


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