very good and heart-warming that the President has decided in his wisdom, to resource these institutions so that they are able to perform.
Mr. Speaker, I have got one suggestion to make. Although these institutions are available, many Ghanaians do not know which of them to go to when a particular service is required. I will therefore suggest that the Government tries to set up something like information centres or areas where people can get to and immediately seek assistance and advise as to which of the institutions to go to whenever the need arises.
For instance, if a citizen needs legal services, he may have to go to the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). But many of the people in the rural areas do not know the particular points of call to attend to whenever it becomes necessary. So when such points are established in the various areas as first points of call, they will easily go there as the institutions to seek the right advice.
I also intend to look at the challenging global environment. In fact, the economic crunch has brought serious financial problems all over the world and the President has noticed that it is now very necessary for us to look inward instead of looking outward and has decided that in fact, he will improve on several sectors, for instance, agriculture. I believe that if we begin to look inward instead of trying to rely on donors, it will do us a lot of good.
But we can only do this if we improve upon various sectors of the economy and the President has indicated this by mentioning the agricultural sector, in particular about several services that he is going to put in place to increase
production, to increase other services. I believe that the time has come, that instead of our various governments depending upon donors and foreigners to assist and improve upon our economy, we rather turn to look inwards; and for the President to have noticed this, I think it is a very good and laudable idea.
The President also mentioned his intention to develop the private sector. It is a very good idea. This idea of developing the private sector has been canvassed over the years but it looks like many governments have not been committed to the improvement of the private sector.
I advise that there would be a need for the Government, if it intends to develop the private sector and create the enabling environment, first of all, to look at the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act, 1995 (Act 478). Sections of this Act will need to be reviewed, particularly sections on foreign capital, foreign equity participation in various industries, that is the capital that foreigners are expected to invest in Ghanaian businesses.
For instance, the amount is so low such that most of the time I think it is not beneficial. They come, make a lot of profits and send the profits out in terms of capital flight without even passing it through the right channel.
Secondly, there will be the need also to, for instance, enforce portions of the Act. There are some areas which are reserved solely for Ghanaians, for instance, petty trading, but these areas have been invaded by foreigners and it has not done us a lot of good. Recently, there were several complaints about our Ghanaian businessmen being thrown out of their jobs because such areas have been invaded by their foreign counterparts. In
fact, there are provisions in the Act that protect Ghanaian businesses but these provisions have not been enforced.
I will appeal urgently that our President would see to it that the institutions that are responsible for enforcing such laws be up and doing, so that indeed, the Ghanaian economy will benefit.
The President has also spoken a lot about agriculture; I do not intend to dilate on it because other hon. Members have spoken about it. The only advice I want to give is that the problem of Fulani herdsmen has been a very serious one which has bedevilled this country for a long time and it looks like governments do not have the political will or courage to tackle this problem. Maybe, it is because of its national and international implications.
I will urge that this time round, the Government should put its foot down and deal with this problem, either find a way of restraining the Fulani herdsmen so that they do not go in and destroy our farmlands and cause damage to various property in our system. I think it is very important.
Last but not least, people have spoken about transportation. But there is one thing which is on my heart and I want to draw the President's attention to it, that is, transportation on the Volta Lake in particular.
The previous Government has entered into an agreement with Large Sustainable Resources Development. I believe that there is the need for the Government to follow up on this agreement and ensure that its provisions are executed for the benefit of the economy. In fact, if this agreement is fully executed, I believe that the stumps in the Volta Lake would be