What was supposed to be a National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) debate for parliamentary candidates in the Tamale South constituency of the Northern region, turned out to be a one man show as all four aspirants from the various political parties failed to show up.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations and Tamale South lawmaker Haruna Iddrisu, was the only person who showed up for the event and had a field day.
According officials of the NCCE, the rest had indicated their preparedness to attend the event after the date and venue was communicated to them but did not give any reason for their absence at the weekend.
Organizers, who were hopeful they will still attend, delayed the proceedings for more than an hour but this did not change anything compelling them to allow the Minister answer questions as well as unveil his vision for the constituency.
Among the issues he touched on was empowering women engaging in petty trade in the constituency by providing them with interest free loans.
“The people of the North, particularly the women are very sincere and genuine to deal with when it comes to micro credit and so support to them in the form of micro credit is what I have been doing to support our mothers”, he revealed.
He also listed a number of interventions in education, infrastructure and youth empowerment he has embarked on in the past which has improved various sectors within the constituency, promising to do more during his next term in parliament.