Naming Tamale Sports Stadium after Aliu Mahama is right - Son

By Mutala Yakubu
Former Vice President Aliu Mahama

In commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the death of former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, the 21,000 capacity Tamale Sports Stadium is to be named after him.

This is in fulfilment of a promise made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the heat of the 2016 election campaigns to honour the late Vice President with the renaming of the facility.

Son of the former second gentleman of the land, Farouk Mahama says it’s a call in the right direction.

"My late father had a hand in building the Tamale Sports Stadium because he lobbied for it, so people should not be quick to judge..."

"So it is only a thank you and a kind gesture from the current President to also pay the late Vice a form of legacy sustainability for people to know what he also did."He added

The Stadium was put up in 2007 and served as one of the four venues that hosted the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

The former Vice President who is a native of Tamale worked under President Kuffour and died on 16th November 2012.

This initiative by the sitting government has sparked wild debate as to whether he merits that honour or not.