Mr Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Statement ably made by Hon Daniel Okyem Aboagye.
When I listened carefully to my Hon Brother make the Statement, a lot came to mind. First was the fact that, in trying to deepen our democracy, law enforcement must be at the core of everything. I say this because after all the lofty arguments and contributions we make on the Floor, the very petty things that we consider insignificant are the causes of lack of law enforcement in the country.
For example, we would find people ride motorbikes recklessly without helmets and licences. When some of those people are arrested, we are called and we call the police to let them go. [Interruption.] This happens, and we must not pretend. When people are emboldened to act in such a manner, knowing very well that the next call would release them from trouble, they would continue to perpetuate such acts.
However, we should encourage the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the right things are done. Even if a person calls us to free him or her from such acts, and we let the person know that such acts must not be entertained in our society because we want to get rid of them and build a society based on the rule of law, then we would move forward.
Mr Speaker, sometimes, we would have actors threatening certain security personnel that if their matter is not dropped, they would be transferred. These things happen and then the one who committed the traffic or other offence is emboldened, knowing very well that if he or she commits any other offence, there is always somebody to speak for him or her.
We can continue to debate the issue of law enforcement. It is a fact that in this country, all the laws necessary for us to have a very organised society have been enacted by this House. It is not in dispute that all the beautiful laws have been enacted. What then is the reason we cry about these things every day? It is fundamentally because of the system; we make those laws, but in the course of implementation, the practical realities stare us in the face and then we cut corners. Yet, when
trouble looms or a catastrophe occurs as a result of our own conduct, we bemoan it, forget and move forward in like manner.
Mr Speaker, law enforcement is at the core of every democratic dispensation, and ours is no exception. If we pretend by saying all the lofty things and making all the beautiful quotations, yet fail to enforce the law, we would come back to the same point that the Hon Member espoused.
So my plea is that all of us in authority, be it the Executive, Judiciary or Legislature, must ensure that we assist to get rid from our system, all these things that would contribute negatively to the progress of the implementation of our laws.
Hon Members have stated it already, but let me emphasise this. When matters come out concerning Hon Members, such as in the last two or three weeks where the narrative about Hon Members - People have bastardised us every day and taken us to the cleaners, sometimes without any provocation. That is a fact, and they call us names as well.
Mr Speaker, there is a breakdown of discipline. So the best way forward is for us to speak with one voice that
we were not elected to be insulted. We were elected to legislate and ensure that we contribute our quota to the socio-economic development of our country.
Sometimes, they put the salaries of MPs on WhatsApp, float it around and use those figures to say that we are enjoying ourselves in Parliament. They call us names as well. The very public that we assist every day to pay school fees and whose outdoorings, among others, we attend are the very people who call us names.
Mr Speaker, if we want to win the battle to ensure that there is discipline in our society, it behoves on all of us -- Hon MPs, Hon Ministers and every other person, including the ordinary person on the street. All of us would have to ensure that we comply with the law. When we break the law, we should allow it to bite. Sometimes deterrence is a panacea to most of these problems.
Mr Speaker, on this note, I would like to thank you for the opportunity.