BY Edna Owusu-Ansah, 12:00am November 19, 2012,

Ghana Mourns Again: Loses Former Vice President

Ghana Mourns Again: Loses Former Vice PresidentBarely four months after losing its sitting President, Ghana is gripped with another unfortunate incident, the death of its former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.

The news was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof. Otu Nartey in a press statement. According to the statement, he died at 9:45 AM on Friday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. The 66 year old soft-spoken politician passed away after several days at the Cardio Centre of the hospital.

He is reported to have been suffering from a heart condition and was on life support for several days. His death comes two days after media reports wrongfully pronounced him dead, a situation which was debunked by Prof. Otu Nartey. 

Alhaji Aliu Mahama was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. A quantity surveyor by occupation, Alhaji Aliu Mahama was born in Yendi and was married to Ramatu Aliu Mahama. 

The news comes days after President John Dramani Mahama directed the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to do all within its power to provide the necessary care for the former Vice President after news broke of his illness.

As a young man, Aliu Mahama studied at the Government Secondary School, 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 degree in Building Technology.

Ghana Mourns Again: Loses Former Vice President

Alhaji Aliu Mahama 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 is 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. He had exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community Development. Accordingly he was Councilor for the 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.

In his leisure time, he loved reading, football and badminton. He is a founding member of the Real Tamale United Football Club.

Our prayers and well wishes go out to his family and the people of Ghana. May he rest in peace!

Last Edited by: Updated: June 19, 2018


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