Since becoming Speaker of the 8th parliament of the Fourth Republic, there’s been renewed interest in Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin.
The Sombo native was born to Sansunni Bagbin and Margaret B. Bagbin both peasant farmers. He is thirteenth of the Bagbin family as well as the fourth of nine children of Margaret Bagbin.
Born on September 24, 1957, it must have become clear to Bagbin earlier on that securing education was a way out so this Upper West Region notable graduated from the University of Ghana (1977-1980) and the Ghana School of Law (1980 -1982) having attended the Wa Secondary School and Tamale Secondary School.
He also holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from de Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
A career parliamentarian, Hon. Bagbin since entering parliament in 1992 to represent the Nadowli West constituency (Nadowli Kaleo) has held various positions from 1994. He is perhaps the veteran in the 8th parliament having been in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th parliaments of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
Bagbin is also a member of continental and international groups such as Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and the International Law and Human Rights Programme of the PGA.
He’s served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Restructuring of the Water Sector (Ministry of Works and Housing), member of the National Media Commission, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy as well as Member of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.
Additionally, Hon. Alban Bagbin has been a former Majority Leader, Minister for Health and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 2001 to 2005. He contested for the position of flagbearer of the NDC in 2018.
Before starting his parliamentary career, Bagbin worked with the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service and served as an English school teacher in Tripoli.
He’s married to Mrs. Alice Adjua Yornas Bagbin, the Programme Officer of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) office in Ghana.
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/Ghana