Alhaji Aliu Mahama (3 March 1946 – 16 November 2012) was Vice-President of Ghana from 7 January 2001 to 7 January 2009. He sought the New Patriotic Party’s nomination for the 2008 presidential election,but at the party’s convention in December 2007 he received only 6.38% of delegates’ votes (146 votes).
He was reported to have died on 14 November 2012 at the Korle Bu Hospital but the story was denied the same day by his family and hospital authorities.
He died at the Korle Bu Hospital on 16 November 2012 at the age of 66.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama as a young man studied at the Government Secondary School in 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 in Building Technology.
He 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 was 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.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama had exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community Development.
Accordingly he was Councilor, 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 has been board member of several Secondary Schools in the Northern Region including the Temale Polytechnic.
As a politician, he has been widely criticised for his silence after the murder of Ya Na Yakubu Andani, the overlord of the Dagomba tribe, from which he hails, even though there is no evidence of any involvement on his part. He has also been criticised for not doing much with his wealth and political influence to unite or better the lot of his people.