Mr Speaker, it is good that you have ruled him out.
Mr Speaker, going forward, I believe that if police investigators and prosecutors are well resourced, it would go a long way in speeding up trials.
This is because Mr Speaker, only
yesterday, you were active at the Bar. Many other Hon Members are still active at the Bar, including my very goodself. Mr Speaker, you may be aware that there are certain crimes or offences that by their nature, time is needed to investigate. Those who investigate ought to be resourced. So, if the State takes up this matter and institutions that have the power to investigate are well resourced, Mr Speaker, it would go a long way in helping to decongest our prisons.
The Economic and Organised Crime Organisation (EOCO) as an institution of State, which is also empowered to investigate certain crimes, is also supposed to be resourced. This is because Mr Speaker, we have had some complaints where people are remanded, and because they are unable to conclude investigations on time, they are unable to also make progress with trial.
I believe that the mainstay of the Statement is to draw our attention to some of these challenges, which the State is supposed to take a serious view at.
Mr Speaker, if we look at the prisons and the facilities that they have,the least said about these facilities, perhaps, the better. Mr Speaker, but it should not be the case.
Human rights go beyond fair trial, to a situation where the person is even incarcerated, the person being entitled to health facilities and to also enjoy basic necessities in life. So, the fact that a person is incarcerated does not mean that when such a person needs some health facilities, such a person would not be entitled to. We have resources in this country.
I heard Hon Woyome commending the Prisons Council. Going beyond that, the Government, through the Ministry of the Interior must resource our Prison Service; they need to be well resourced.
Mr Speaker, you would never know, God forbid, when somebody by accident or by mistake would get there. If the
impression is always created that as for the prisons, it is for the truly guilty minds, it is not always the case. Sometimes, the miscarriage of justice could take you there, and when you get there and you do not enjoy the facilities that a normal human being must enjoy, Mr Speaker, then there is a problem.
If you go to Holland, Mr Speaker, I have not been there before, but those who have been there tell me that, when you are even incarcerated, there are times during summer when the authorities are able to bring a helicopter that would airlift a prisoner.
During summer in Europe, all manner of fun may go on, that even prison inmates are given access to pleasurable things. Mr Speaker, because of the fasting mood, I believe that you have gotten me. They are given access to the pleasurable things in life. So Mr Speaker, I am not saying that in Ghana, we should extend it to that, but at least the basic ones must be provided.
Mr Speaker, I have seen other Hon Members very anxious and wanting to make contributions. So, I would end here, and today being Friday, my Hon Colleagues would also have the opportunity to go to the mosques.
I thank you Mr Speaker for this opportunity.
God bless you, Mr Speaker.