A graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi where he obtained a B.Sc. in Building Technology, His Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama started his working career at the Bolgatanga regional office of the State Construction Corporation as an Engineer/Construction from 1972-75. Prior to his ascension to the Office of Vice President for the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Aliu served as Assistant Regional Manager at 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, Mr. Aliu successfully established his own Civil Engineering and General Construction Firm- LIDRA Limited- and became its Managing Director. Mr. Aliu became the Chairman of the Northern Regional Contractors Association in 1996 until the December 2000 elections. When he became the Running mate for NPP. He became the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana in 2001, until 2009. Mr. 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. Mr. Mahama has exceptional interest in Local Governance and Community Development. Accordingly he was Councilor, Yendi District Council in 1978 and Assemblyman, Tamale Municipal Assembly in 1990. Mr. Mahama 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 Tamale Polytechnic.