His Excellency, Alhaji Aliu Mahama
Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
Year Group: 1983
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was
born on 3rd March 1946 at Yendi in the Northern Region of Ghana. As a young man
he 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.
He 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 participated in the Institute's skills development
programmes and was awarded certificates in Project Planning, Leadership and
Alhaji Aliu Mahama started his working career with 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 -
In 1982 he successfully established his own Civil Engineering and General
Construction Firm - LIDRA Limited and became its Managing Director. He was
elected the Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association in 1996
until the December 2000 Elections.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama has exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community
Development. He was an elected Councillor of Yendi District Council in 1978 and
Assemblyman, Tamale Municipal Assembly in 1990. He chaired the infrastructure
subcommittee of the Assembly and later the Economic Development Sub-Committee
and the Tamale-Louisville Sister City Committee.
He also served as member of The Board of Governors of several Secondary
Schools in the northern Region including the Tamale Polytechnic Council. He was
also a board member of Ghana oil Company for six years.
He is a founding member of the Real Tamale United Football Club and its
promotion to Premier Division in 1978. In 1994, He took over the Chairmanship of
the Club until the December 2000 Elections.
In 2000, the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party Mr. J. A.
Kufuor chose Alhaji Aliu Mahama as his running mate. Following the Party's
victory in the Presidential run-off held in December 2000, Alhaji Aliu Mahama
took the oath of office on 7th. January 2001 and became the Vice-President of
the Republic of Ghana.
In recognition of his hard work and impressive performance of his duties,
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was again privileged to be chosen as the Vice-Presidential
candidate by the New Patriotic Party and it's Presidential Candidate Mr. J.
A. Kufuor at the Annual delegates conference held in Kumasi on September
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was re-elected the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana
at the December 7 elections. He was sworn into office on 7th. January 2005. He
is the first to hold that high office for a second term in the political history
He is married to Hajia Ramatu Mahama. Their marriage has been blessed
with four children. In his leisure time, Alhaji Aliu Mahama loves reading,
football and badminton.
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