The family of the late Vice President at an earlier meeting at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital decided to bury Alhaji Aliu Mahama on Saturday at the Military Cemetary but after another high profile meeting at his residence, the family have decided to lay to rest the remains of Alhaji Aliu Mahama on Sunday at the Asomdwee Park.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was officially pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital on Friday at about 09:45 AM after being on life support for some days. He was 66 years.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama served as Vice President under the erstwhile Kufuor administration for two terms making him the longest serving vice president in the fourth Republic of Ghana.
Below is his profile.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was the Vice President for eight years under the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
There were reports earlier on Wednesday that Alhaji Mahama had given up the ghost but his aides and Management of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital denied the rumour.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama born on 3rd March 1946 in Yendi was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He was Sixty-Six(66)-Years.
He sought the New Patriotic Party’s nomination for the 2008 presidential election, but at the party’s convention in December 2007 he received only 6.38% of delegates’ votes (146 votes).
After this unexpectedly poor result he announced that he would leave politics.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama as a young man studied at the Government Secondary School in Tamale from 1960-67 for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi from 1967-71 where he obtained the BSc in Building Technology.
He started his working career at the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer/Construction from 1972-75.
He was promoted to Assistant Regional Manager and posted to the Koforidua Regional Office of the Corporation from 1975-76.
He held the position of Regional Manager in charge of the Northern Region, Tamale from June 1976- August 1982.
In 1982 he successfully established his own Civil Engineering and General Construction Firm- LIDRA Limited and became its Managing Director. He became the Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association in 1996 until the December 2000 Elections.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was also an Aluminus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In order to sharpen and deepen his management and leadership skills, he obtained two certificates from the Institute in Project Planning and Management and in Leadership.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama had exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community Development.
Accordingly he was Councilor, Yendi District Council in 1978 and Assemblyman, Tamale Municipal Assembly in 1990.
He was the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Tamale-Louisville Sister State Committee.
He has been board member of several Secondary Schools in the Northern Region including the Tamale Polytechnic.