- President Akufo-Addo stated that the late Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama played an important role in the construction of the stadium
- The chairman of the delegation, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, outlined a series of programmes planned to commemorate the anniversary
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President Akufo-Addo has revealed the government’s intention to rename the Tamale Sports Stadium after the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
According to the presidency (www.presidency.gov.gh) , this is in fulfillment of a campaign promise during the 2016 elections.
The late Alhaji Aliu Mahama served as the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana during the tenure of former president, John Agyekum Kufuor. He passed away on the 16th of November 2012.
The president emphasized that the late Alhaji Aliu Mahama “had so much to do with it (Tamale Sports Stadium), and I think it will be a proper monument to him, testimony to his contribution.”
He made this known on Monday, 30th October, 2017, when the Aliu Mahama Foundation paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency.
The visit was to inform the President of the series of activities being held to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the passing of the late Vice President.
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President Akufo Addo described the late politician as “colleague and a very valuable member of the team that worked with former President J.A. Kufuor”.
He further stated that “his premature departure continues always to be a very emotional matter for us.”
The chairman of the 5th Anniversary Planning Committee, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, who led the delegation, briefly informed the president of the programme lineup to mark the event.
He indicated that there would be special prayers at the house of the late Vice President on 16th November, 2017, the exact day five years ago when the statesman passed away.
This, he stated, would be given by the Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
He added that it would be followed by a fundraiser at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
The launch of an arts exhibition, to aid in the building of a Presidential library in memory of the late Vice President should soon follow.
The exhibition will run from 16th November through to 6th December, 2017.
On Saturday, 25th November, a clean-up exercise will be held in Tamale, followed by a talk on the need for greater discipline.
On 6th December, 2017, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, will deliver a lecture on the topic “Transforming Ghana beyond Aid: How to get there”.
On behalf of the family, Farouk Mahama, son of the late Vice President thanked President Akufo-Addo for his gesture, stressing that “we never lost a father, because we have a father in you. We know we can rely on you any time.”
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