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Hajia Alima Mahama Local Government

Hajia Alima Mahama is 59 years old and a product of the University of Ghana, Legon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Sociology, and was subsequently called to Ghana Bar in 1982. She had her postgraduate studies in Public Policy and Development Planning and Administration from the Rutgers University and the University of Ottawa.


She was also at the Institute of Social Studies, in the Netherlands, where she obtained a Masters in Development Studies.


As a lawyer, development planner, trainer, public servant and consultant, she has developed strong leadership skills to respond to challenges at different levels and circumstances in the areas of policy advice and strategic leadership.


She has had 13 years of experience as senior planner and gender/development coordinator for the Northern Region Rural Integrated Program.


Between 2001 and 2008, she served in the government of John Agyekum Kufuor, firstly as the Minister for Women and Children Affairs; Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry; and Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development. In the latter appointment, she directed and coordinated the development of the comprehensive policy and plan of action on decentralization for Ghana, and was responsible for the World Bank supported Urban Infrastructure Development Program.


She is the Member of Parliament for the Nalerigu/Gambaga constituency, having been elected as MP for the constituency for the first time in 2005.


She has one son and two grandchildren.