Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin (born 24 September 1957) is a Ghanaian politician who is officially the Republic of Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament. He was the Ghanaian government’s Minister of Health until Hanny-Sherry Ayittey took over the role in February 2013.
In the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th parliaments of the 4th Republic of Ghana, he was the Member of Parliament for the Nadowli West constituency in the Upper West Region of Ghana.
Mr. Bagbin is married to the Programme Officer of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Ghana, Mrs. Alice Adjua Yornas Bagbin.
Bagbin was elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic on January 7, 2021.
At an early age, the former Majority Leader began schooling at the Roman Catholic Primary School, Sombo, completed his second cycle of education at Wa Secondary School and ended at Tamale Secondary School, where, before joining the University of Ghana in 1977, he received his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level certificates.
Life in Politics
Bagbin is a National Democratic Congress (NDC) member and represents the Upper West Region of the Nadowli West Constituency. Bagbin revealed his plans to run for president on the NDC ticket in 2008, but he never stood in the primaries. In 2009, he became the leader of the majority in the Ghanaian parliament.
He was named Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing by President Mills following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2010. Under the tenure of President Mahama, he was also confirmed as Majority Leader of Parliament, replacing Dr Benjamin Kunbuor, who was named as Minister of Defense.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, warned the public and his colleagues that the proposed new parliamentary chamber should be wary of negative critiques and attacks on Members of Parliament (MPs) as the house has yet to take a decision on the motion.
He acknowledged that the negative critiques of the project and the sheer attacks on MPs had dire repercussions for the nation and urged people to refrain from such bad action .
During the 1992 Ghana General Elections, he was elected to Parliament.
His experience of working life took him to a number of schools, and this undoubtedly helped him to acquire many experiences in his current political position that he brings to bear.
From 1980 to 1982, he served as Acting Secretary of the Statistical Service Board of the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service, from 1982 to 1983, and acted as Personnel Manager of the former State Hotels Company (Ambassador/Continental Hotels) before moving to Libya to teach English at Suk Juma Secondary School, Tripoli.
Mr. Bagbin joined Akyem Chambers, a firm of legal professionals, consultants and public notaries, as a partner when he returned from Libya in 1986. He was named as an external solicitor of the Credit Unions Association of Ghana (CUA) between 1989 and 1992 by the James Town family of Nii Ngleshie and a number of private business firms in Accra.
The Former Majority Leader has been a partner of the Law Trust Company, a firm of legal experts, consultants, and public notaries, from 1993 to date.
The speaker of the 8th parliament of the Republic of Ghana is Bagbin. After a well-drawn-out race, he was sworn in on January 7, 2021, after being nominated by members of the Republic of Ghana’s elected parliament on the National Democratic Congress ticket. At 9:23 am, he was sworn in.