KNOW THE SPEAKER OF THE 8TH PARLIAMENT OF GHANA

Sumani Bagbin 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.

Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Ghana, The Right Honourable Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin

Alban Kingsford Sumani 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.


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 and 7th parliaments of the 4th republic of Ghana.


On January 7, 2021 Bagbin was elected Speaker of 8th Parliament of the fourth republic.


Political life


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.


1996 Election

In 1996, he won the Nadowli North seat with 12,605 votes out of the 16,485 valid votes cast representing 56.10% over NPP's Lawrence Banyen who polled 2,213 votes representing 9.90%, Yuoni Moses Vaalandzeri of the PNC polled 1,490 votes representing 6.60% and Baslide Kpemaal of the NCP polled 177 votes representing 0.80 votes.


2000 Election


Bagbin was elected as the member of parliament for the Nadwoli North constituency in the Upper West region of Ghana in the 2000 Ghanaian general elections.


He therefore represented the constituency in the 4th parliament of the 4th republic of Ghana.


He was elected with 9,004 votes out of the total votes cast.


This is equivalent to 58.60% of the total valid votes cast.