Alban Bagbin has been nominated and voted the Speaker of parliament for the 8th parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana. Prior to his that, he has served in several capacities in Parliament including; minority leader, chairman of several committees in Parliament among others. In this article, we bring to you 10 important facts you need to know about the affable legislator.
He is a Post-independent born
The current speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin was born on 24th September, 1957, some six months after Ghana gained independence from her colonial masters The Great Britain on 6th March, 1957.
He is the longest serving member of parliament.
Honorable Alban Bagbin is currently Ghana’s longest serving member of parliament. He has been in parliament for 28 years starting from 1993. This has earned him the accolade “Ground father of parliament“
Alban Bagbin is a Lawyer
The affable Speaker obtained his law certificate from the Ghana school of law, Makola in 1982 and was called to the bar the same year. He also holds Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He was a private legal practitioner .
After he was called to the Bar in 1982, Alban Bagbin practiced as private legal practitioner in the Akyem Chambers, a firm of legal practitioners, consultants and notaries public, as a partner.
He unsuccessfully bid to become a flag bearer
Bagbin lost his bid to lead the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections to former president John Mahama.
He Hails from Sombo
Alban Sumani Bagbin was born and raised in Sombo in the Upper West region of Ghana.
Alban Bagbin is a Catholic
The Current speaker of Parliament is a Christian and a catholic by denomination.
He Attended two secondary schools
Right Honourable Alban Bagbin started his second cycle education at Wa Secondary but completed Tamale Secondary school.
He did not run again for Parliament in the 2020 elections.
Bagbin did not contest again as member of parliament eading to the 2020 elections. He was succeeded by Mr Sumah Anthony Mwinkaara who is the current MP for Nadowli Kaleo constituency.
He has always been a Leader in Parliament
One important fact about Bagbin you are not aware is that he has held leadership positions throughout his tenure as Member of parliament.
In the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic, he was made the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy and Member of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.
In the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Mr. Bagbin was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs with oversight responsibilities for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, Office of Parliament and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
He was also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 2001 to 2005.
He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
He was also the Minister for Health in the Ghana government until February 2013