Speaker of Parliament of Ghana, Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli Kaleo Constituency and Second Deputy Speaker of the 7th Parliament, Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin, has been duly elected and sworn in today Thursday, January 7th, 2020, as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
This comes after he won a closely contested secret ballot in the Chamber of Parliament against the immediate past Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye.
Mr Bagbin, who happens to be one of the longest serving members of parliament from 1993-2020, makes history as the first Speaker of Parliament not to have been selected by the governing party.
He also became the only politician to have won seven (7) consecutive elections in the history of Ghana’s Parliament, after winning his Nadowli/Kaleo seat in 2016 elections.
Alban Bagbin Age & Date of Birth
Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin was born on Tuesday, September 24th, 1957.
The new Speaker of Parliament of Ghana is currently 63 years of age and will 64 come September this year, 2021.
Alban Bagbin Childhood, Hometown, Education
Mr Bagbin hails from Sombo in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
He 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.
Alban Bagbin Political Career
Mr Bagbin started his political career as a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by representing the people of the Nadowli West Constituency from the Upper West Region in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th parliaments of the 4th republic of Ghana.
In 2008, he announced his intentions to run for president on the ticket of the NDC but never stood for the primaries.
Following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2010, he was appointed Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing by President Mills.
He was the Minister for Health in the Ghana government until February 2013 when Hanny-Sherry Ayittey took over the position.
He was 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 former 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.
Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com