Aliu Mahama Is Dead- Korle Bu Confirms.
Former Vice President of Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Aliu Mahama is dead. 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.
According to Citi Newsreporter, Abdul Karim Nantogmah who was at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, several government dignitaries including the Chief of Staff, Henry Martey Newman, Minister for Communication, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu are there to support the family.
He also reports that family members can be seen crying uncontrollably and they contemplate airlifting his body to Yendi, where he was born.
The 66 year old soft-spoken politician passed away at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after several days at the Cardio Centre of the hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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 Councillor 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.
He had been board member of several Secondary Schools in the Northern Region including the Tamale Polytechnic.
In his leisure time, he loved reading, football and badminton.
He is a founding member of the Real Tamale United Football Club.
President declares state of mourning.
President John Mahama has declared a state of mourning for late Vice President of Ghana, Alhaji Aliu Mahama who passed away on Friday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Addressing the nation from the Brong Ahafo Region where he is on a campaign tour, President Mahama reveled he has instructed the Chief of staff to stay in close touch with the family of the Vice President to put together a special arrangement for a befitting farewell for him.
He expressed his deepest condolences to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), “to President Kufuor, the leader of the New Patriotic Party, the Chairman and the whole family and I pray that the nation stands with them at this period.”
“Obviously as a former Vice President, he will be expected to have all the state courtesies that are required to give him a fitting farewell and so the Chief of staff will liaise with the family,” he added.
The President further described him as a man who served his nation well in public office starting as a young Engineer who became the running mate to President Kufuor and will go down in history as the longest serving Vice President having served two full terms as Vice President.”
“He was a gentleman, a man of decorum. He was nice. I appreciate him very much; the advise he gave me about the Office. I called him my elder brother and accorded him all the respect that a younger brother gives to an elder brother. We will all dearly miss him.”
Aliu Mahama to be buried in Tamale
The late Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Aliu Mahama is to be buried in Tamale on the afternoon of Sunday 18th November 2012.
In a press statement signed by the New Patriotic Party, National 1st Vice Chairman, Fred Oware, the burial will be preceded by a funeral service on Sunday morning at the Independence Square in Accra from 9 AM.
The party is however holding a candlelight vigil at the NPP headquarters, at Asylum Down till midnight.
The location of the final resting place of the late Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Aliu Mahama became a muddy affair with separate sections of the family advocating places.
While some family members advocated for a burial at the Asomdwe Memorial Park, others were calling for the body to be sent to his [Aliu Mahama] hometown of Yendi.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama died in the early hours of Friday, November 16, 2012 after suffering a stroke, a fact confirmed by former President John Kufuor in an interview with Citi News.
His passing was confirmed by Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof. Otu Nartey, in a press statement. According to Prof. Nartey’s statement, he died at 9:45am at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at the age of 66.
His death came barely three days after media reports wrongfully pronounced him dead, a situation which was debunked and thus sparked a heated controversy between the media and his family members.
NPP Mourns Alhaji Aliu Mahama
The New Patriotic Party has received the sad news of the death of the former Vice President of the Republic and a stalwart of the NPP, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
The party leadership therefore, wishes to announce that all campaign activities, from the National to the constituency level have been suspended with immediate effect and will resume after the burial of the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
We mourn deeply with the widow, Hajia Ramatu Aliu Mahama, the children and the entire family.
The late former Vice president of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Alui Ahama, distinguished himself as a two-term Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, from 2001 to 2008. He singularly held up the party’s fortunes, throughout the country and was well loved by the NPP faithful and his nation.
All NPP offices have been asked to fly their flags at half mast in honour of him, until further notice
May Allah guide us through this grave moment of sadness.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie
NPP General Secretary