Alban Bagbin is the speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament of Ghana under the 4th republic. Having served as a member of parliament for 28 years makes him better been prepared candidate for the job as speaker of parliament. He comes in as the 7th Speaker of parliament in Ghana’s 4th republic since 1992.
He has been the second deputy speaker of parliament before.
Profile of Alban Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament
Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin (born 24 September 1957) is a Ghanaian politician who is currently the Speaker of Parliament of Ghana. He was the Minister for Health in the Ghana government until February 2013 when Hanny-Sherry Ayittey took over the position.
He has been the Member of Parliament for Nadowli West constituency in the Upper West Region of Ghana in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th parliaments of the 4th republic of Ghana.
Early life and education
Bagbin was born on 24 September 1957. He hails from the Upper West Region of Ghana and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and English at the University of Ghana in 1980. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law at Makola in Accra after which he was called to the bar in 1982.
Bagbin is a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and represents the Nadowli West Constituency from the Upper West Region. Bagbin announced his intentions to run for president in 2008 on the NDC ticket, but he never stood for the primaries. He became the Majority Leader in the Ghanaian parliament in 2009.
Following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2010, he was appointed Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing by President Mills. He has also been confirmed as Majority Leader of Parliament under President Mahama’s tenure of office, he succeeded Dr Benjamin Kunbuor who was appointed as the Minister of Defense
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has cautioned the public and his colleagues to be wary of negative criticisms and attacks on Members of Parliament (MPs) over the proposed new parliamentary chamber since the house is yet to take a decision on the motion.
He noted that the negative criticisms on the project and the sheer attacks on MPs had dire consequences for the nation and urged the citizenry to desist from such bad conduct.
He was elected into Parliament during the 1992 Ghanaian General Elections