Alhaji Habib Iddrisu is the second deputy majority chief whip in the 8th parliament which was inaugurated on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
His name may not be familiar with many people down South but back home in the North, Alhaji Habib Iddrisu is a well known and as a household name.
A first time MP, he successfully got the nod to represent the people of the Tolon Constituency in the Northern Region in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
Prior to that in 2016, he had made an attempt at the Sagnarigu seat.
His active role in the affairs of the NPP dates back to many years ago. In 2004, Habib was a campaign aid to the NPP Parliamentary Candidate-Tamale Central and a member of the Northern Regional Communication Team.
He served as a Polling Station Agent in the Tamale Central constituency.
In 2008, Habib Iddrisu was the campaign coordinator for Tamale Central Constituency and continued to be a Member of the Northern Regional Communication Team that propagated the party’s achievements in the Northern Region.
He was also a Polling Station Agent in the same election.
In 2012, Habib left Ghana to Australia to further his education, but whiles in school he continued with party activities, serving as the Australia Branch Secretary of the NPP and contributed his quota to the party’s development back home.
He and a group of friends adopted the Yagaba Kubori Constituency and helped the party win that seat for the first time in the 2012 election.
He also helped to form the Perth Branch of NPP where he still serves as one of the Patrons.
In 2016, Habib Iddrisu himself was on the ballot for the NPP in the Sagnarigu Constituency, but lost the election to the NDC’s A.B.A Fuseni.
In 2020, he made a comeback but this time for the Tolon constituency.
In his professional life, he is the co-founder and MD of Gbewaa Printing Services Limited, Accra.
Between April 2017 and December 2020, he served as Deputy Head of the Tema Processing Zone of the Ghana Free Zones Authority.
His specific roles involved auditing and monitoring activities of the Free Zone Companies and assessment of applications for exemptions submitted by licensed Free Zones Companies.
In 2014 whilst in school, he was a Supervisor at Perth International Airport in Australia.
His main responsibilities included maintenance of the facility and reporting of suspicious behaviour to the security agencies.
He was also responsible for reporting and removing of unattended luggage to the Authorities.
He is a former English Teacher at the Tamale Senior High School, a role he served in for years before moving on to teach Economics at the Tamale institute of Business Studies.
Hon. Habib Iddrisu has won many awards for his contribution to the development of his people. In March 2020 he was awarded as the Rising Politician of the Year by the Northern Excellence Awards.
The Northern Business Excellence Awards also recognised him as the Young and Most-Promising Entrepreneur in 2020. The Voiceless Media in 2019 conferred on him the Humanitarian Service Personnel Award. Alhaji Habib is a family man, married with three kids.
Between 2015 and 2017, Habib Iddrisu had obtained a Degree in Communication Studies from the Open University in Australia.
Other qualifications include:
2012 – 2013 – Certificate in Human Resource Management (University of Notre Dame, Australia)
2010 – 2012 – Diploma in Leadership and Management (Cambridge College International, Australia)
2009 – 2010 – Diploma in Security and Counter Terrorism (Murdoch University, Australia)
2006 – 2007 – Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies (Trans Africa College)
2020 – Certificate in Administration and Management (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA)
He is an alumnus of Savelugu Senior High School.
Though the job of a Deputy Whip will not come easy, he is hopeful that the seniors on the NPP side will be willing to support and guide him to succeed in the new environment.
With the guidance of Frank Annor Dompreh, he believes he will live up to the task of whipping Majority MPs in line to get government businesses going.