Alban Bagbin: Profile Of The Speaker Of Ghana’s 8th Parliament

Alban Bagbin - Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana

Alban Bagbin has been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of Ghana.

Mr Bagbin, who was the Second Deputy Speaker in the 7th Parliament, won the elections against Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye who served as Speaker for the 7th Parliament from 2017 to 2021.

He was nominated for the position by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus, while the New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus nominated Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye.

Birth and Education

Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin was born on September 24, 1957, at Sombo in the Upper West Region.

He had his basic education at the Roman Catholic Primary School in Sombo, and had his second cycle education at Wa Secondary School and ended at the Tamale Secondary School, where he earned his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level certificates.

Mr Bagbin gained admission to the University of Ghana in 1977 and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and English. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law at Makola in Accra, after which he was called to the bar in 1982.

He also holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Career as a Lawyer

Alban Bagbin practised as a private legal practitioner in the Akyem Chambers, a firm of legal practitioners, consultants and notaries public, as a partner.

He also worked at the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service as the acting Secretary to the Statistical Service Board from 1980 to 1982. Between 1982 and 1983, he worked as Personnel Manager for the erstwhile State Hotels Corporation.

Parliamentary Career

Alban Bagbin served as Member of Parliament for the Nadowli Kaleo constituency in the Upper East Region from 1993 to 2020, spanning through seven Parliaments of the fourth Republic of Ghana.

He served as Minority Leader, Majority Leader and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

He is also Chairman and Vice Chairman of various committees in Parliament, including the Public Accounts Committee, Appointments Committee and Parliamentary Committees on Subsidiary Legislation, Mines and Energy and Member of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.

Ministerial Positions

Alban Bagbin was the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing from 2010-2012 and Minister for Health from 2012-2014.


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