|4th Vice President of Ghana
(3rd Vice President of the 4th Republic)
7 January 2001 – 7 January 2009
|President||John Agyekum Kufuor|
|Preceded by||John Atta Mills|
|Succeeded by||John Dramani Mahama|
3 March 1946|
Yendi, Gold Coast (then a colony of the United Kingdom)
|Died||16 November 2012
|Political party||New Patriotic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Ramatu Aliu Mahama|
|Relations||Imoru Egala (father-in-law)|
|Profession||Quantity surveyor, Civil Engineer, Contractor|
Alhaji Aliu Mahama (3 March 1946 – 16 November 2012) was a Ghanaian politician who was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. A member of the New Patriotic Party, he was Ghana's first Muslim Vice-President.
Life and career
An ethnic Dagomba, Aliu Mahama as a young man studied at the Government Secondary School in Tamale from 1960 to 1967 for his Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificates. He proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi from 1967 to 1971 where he obtained the B.Sc. in Building Technology.
He started his working career at the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer/Construction from 1972 to 1975.
He was promoted to Assistant Regional Manager and posted to the Koforidua Regional Office of the Corporation from 1975 to 1976. He held the position of Regional Manager in charge of the Northern Region, Tamale from June 1976 to August 1982.
In 1982 he successfully established his own civil engineering and general construction firm, LIDRA Limited, and became its Managing Director. He was Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association from 1996 until the December 2000 elections.
Mahama was also an Alumnus 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 was the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Tamale-Louisville Sister State Committee.
Retirement and death
After two terms as Vice-President, he sought the New Patriotic Party's nomination for the 2008 presidential election, but at the party's convention in December 2007, he was unsuccessful, obtaining only 6% (146 votes) of total delegate ballots cast. He then retired from politics.
The Ghanaian media circulated rumours of his death on 14 November 2012 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital but the story was quickly denied the same day by his family and hospital authorities. He eventually died at the same hospital on 16 November 2012 at the age of 66 from a heart-related condition and complications from a stroke. He died almost 4 months after Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died. A state funeral, attended by hundreds, was held for him on 18 November 2012 per Islamic funeral prayer rites (Janaza) at the Independence Square in the capital, Accra. In addition, he was accorded ceremonial military honours including an army procession accompanying the cortège and a 19-gun salute usually given to departed vice-presidents. His body was later flown in a Ghana Air Force jet to Tamale in the Northern Region for burial at his private residence.
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- Vice President of Ghana Speaks at Concluding Session of Ahmadiyya Muslim Caliphate Centenary Convention
John Atta Mills
|Vice President of Ghana
2001 – 2009
John Dramani Mahama