Barring any last minute hitches, the Tamale Sports Stadium in the Northern region will be named after the late Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama next month.
The president announced at the Flagstaff House Monday that he will confer with the Sports minister and issue an executive instrument effecting the change by November 16, which marks the 6th anniversary of the demise of the late Vice President.
The family of the late Mahama visited the President to inform him of the impending 6th anniversary of the death of their kinsman.
The late vice president to former President John Kufuor was known for his avowed commitment and campaign against social indiscipline.
He died at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital on November 16, 2012, after serving two terms as veep under Kufuor.
According to the spokesperson of the delegation that called on the President, Gabby Asare Octere Darko, the 5th Anniversary of the late Vice President’s passing will begin with a photo and art exhibition on the 16th of November at the Accra International Conference Centre. On the 26th of November there will be a cleanup exercise in Tamale and subsequently, hold a programme at the same Tamale Sport Stadium. The anniversary will be climaxed with a memorial lecture to be delivered by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta on the theme: “Transforming Ghana Beyond Aid.” The late Vice President died on the 16th of November 2012.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama was born on March 3, 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 a BSc in Building Technology.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama started his working career at the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer 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 Alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. 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.