A thanksgiving service has been held at Christ The King Church in Accra for the Speaker of the eighth parliament of the Fourth Republic, Alban Bagbin, on his successful election to the high office.
The service was attended by the two deputy speakers of Parliament, current and former MPs, the clerk and staff of parliament.
The running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Election 2020 Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, represented former President John Dramani Mahama at the event.
In an appreciation address, Bagbin recognized God’s favor in the events that led to his election and quoted the popular Christian saying that he who kneels before God can stand before any man.
He pledged to seek God’s face and guidance in all his dealings during the four years he will serve as speaker.
The main celebrant of service was Father Andrew Campbell.
Road to speaker
Bagbin won in closely contested secret ballot in Parliament against former Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye.
He polled 138 votes against his predecessor’s 136 with one legislator failing to vote.
Profile of Bagbin
Bagbin was born on 24 September 1957, at Sombo in the Upper West Region. He started school at an early age at the Roman Catholic Primary School, Sombo, did 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 before entering the University of Ghana in 1977.
Bagbin is a graduate of the University of Ghana (1977-1980) and the Ghana School of Law (1980 -1982). He holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
From 1980 to 1982, he worked at the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service as the Acting Secretary to the Statistical Service Board. He also worked as Personnel Manager of the erstwhile State Hotels Corporation. Mr. Bagbin practiced as private legal practitioner in a firm of legal practitioners, consultants and notaries public, as a partner.
He is currently the longest serving Member of Parliament, having served since 1993 when the first Parliament of the 4th Republic was inaugurated, to January 2021 when the 7th Parliament was dissolved.
He has held a number of positions in Parliament since 1994 and capped his law making career with the ultimate, the Majority Leader and Leader of the House.
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 of 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 the Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Speaker Bagbin was Health Minister in the Mills administration and became Majority Leader in Parliament in 2009. Following a cabinet reshuffle in January 2010, he was appointed Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing by President Atta Mills.
Speaker Bagbin was Second Deputy Speaker of the 7th parliament which was dissolved at midnight on January 6, 2021.
On 7 January 2021, Mr. Bagbin was nominated and elected as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
He comes to the Office of Speaker with a wealth of experience on how Parliaments around the world function, having been an active participant of many international Parliamentary organizations.
He is very interested in the media and it’s development. He has contributed immensely to the development of the Parliamentary Press Corps. He enjoys music and reading and is an avid keeper of records.