Professor Mike Oquaye has been confirmed as the new Speaker for Ghana’s Parliament.
This follows a unanimous declaration in his favour by the majority and minority sides of the new Parliament on Saturday, January 7.
The House, made up of Members of Parliament-elect had been called at the stroke of midnight to appoint the New Speaker, his deputies and also introduce the leadership of both sides of the new House.
Following his nomination by the Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu and subsequent endorsement by the Miniroty side, Professor Mike Oquaye was introduced to the house and took the oath of office administered by the Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood.
Professor Mike Oquaye, 72, has served as the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament 2009 and 2013.
He was until 2013, the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya constituency.
Under the erstwhile John Kufuor Administration, he was Ghana’s High Commissioner to India between 2001 and 2004.
He also served as Minister of Energy from 2005 to 2006 and also the Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2009.
He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana. He later pursued further learning at the University of London, and holds B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, L.L.B. (Hons.), B.L. and PhD.
He is a qualified solicitor and barrister, as well as the founder and senior partner of his own law firm. He is a barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a senior member of the Ghana Bar Association, and a solicitor for some leading companies and financial institutions.
He is a professor of Political science at the University of Ghana, (Legon), and was previously the Head of the Department of Political Science and member of the University’s Academic Board, the highest authority at the level of the faculties.
He received his Ph.D from School of Oriental and African Studies in London, as well as winning the Rockefeller Senior Scholar Award in 1993 and the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award in 1997.
He has been a visiting lecturer at George Mason University in Virginia. From 1997 to 1999, he was Vice-President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), based in Zimbabwe.