Politics of Sunday, 30 December 2018
Haruna Iddrisu is lacing his boots to seek re-election for a fifth straight term as Member of Parliament for Tamale South constituency of the Northern Region.
The announcement by the Minority Leader thus conclusively deals with rumours suggesting the experienced politician may be planning a political life outside Parliament.
“I will use today’s opportunity to formally announce that I will seek re-election as Member of Parliament for Tamale South constituency and renew my mandate to serve the people of Tamale with humility and integrity and with dedicated service,” he told members of his constituency at Tangni, a farming community in the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly.
He noted that, he cherishes “the opportunity to have served these years and I will cherish some additional opportunities in terms of elongating my service to the people of Ghana and to the people of Tamale as Member of Parliament.”
“Therefore, come 2020, I will run formally as a member of parliament, candidate as you may wish to call it for the Tamale South constituency,” he added.
Mr. Iddrisu, who is said to be the only parliamentary candidate in the Northern Region to have won at all polling stations in the last elections in 2016, made the announcement while commissioning a rural electrification project for the constituency, over the weekend.
The former Minister for Employment and Labour Relations in the erstwhile John Mahama administration, played a significant role in connecting electricity to 38 farming communities including Wamale, Chanzeni, Nanton Zuo, Baglahi, Chicheli, Labariga, Parishe among others.
The connection of the 38 rural communities to the national grid thus makes Mr. Haruna Iddrisu achieve 100% rural electricity coverage for his constituency.
The Tamale South legislator noted that, the extension of electricity to all the communities is expected to improve education and economic activities of the rural folks in the area.
Some members of the Tangni community the last to be connected to the national grid could not hide their joy and excitement seeing their communities light up. They danced, sang, and heaped praises on their MP for fulfilling what was promised them.
Prior to the project, the rural folks claimed life was “unbearable” for them. They no longer have to travel to the neighboring communities to do anything that needed electricity; they noted recounting how beneficial project is.