Hon Members, that is all I have been saying. When you look at the Parliamentary Service, the Legal Service, the Police Service, the Civil Service -- In establishing the institution, we have a certain template that we have used as a country.
Otherwise, we would have had one Act that establishes the Service. And also deals with all the functions of the officers of the Service but we do not have that as a practice.
We create a Service, then we have the major Legislation dealing with the matters that are under the administrative or management purview of that Service. That is the whole purpose of the Immigration Act and the Immigration Service Act.
That is the difference. So, I would want to suggest to you that, it would be neater, if we constrained ourselves to this template that we have used.
If you look at the Parliamentary Services Act, for example, and I want them to give us another Act under the Constitution. Article 190 of the Constitution establishes --you should give us the Police Service Act, so that we look at it and compare it with that of the Immigration. But when you look at the Parliamentary Service Act, it is very simple. It sets up the composition of the Board, meetings of the Board, expenses of the Service's accounts and audits.
When you look at the Ghana National Fire Service Act, which is under your Ministry; it establishes the National Fire Service, the administration of the Service, regulations, financial and miscellaneous matters, that is, funds of the Service, et cetera.
I will ask them to give them the Ghana --There is a certain template which does not include the powers,duties and responsibilities of the officers.
That has been the template. If you want to change -- Of course, if you are changing the template, we cannot quarrel with you; we are always developing as a nation. I have nothing against all that you are bringing in -- the arrest, detention et cetera.
I have received some friendly amendments here and I totally agree with them. The power to search, arrest and I recommend to you also the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Act. Where we spent a lot of time on the power to arrest, detain in what circumstances, especially, in these our times where we are under a liberal democratic Constitution, where people can sue for unlawful arrest and so on, in the Constitution. That is why rather than what the Hon Member said “the right to arrest” in the Constitution, it is rather the citizen who is given the right to sue for unlawful arrest. That is why we put how we should arrest and so on in the law.
So, I totally agree with you. In fact, I believe that you must even go into much more detail how to arrest and so on. If we can proceed to pass the Service Act without these amendments, and just restrict ourselves to what is normally in the Service as we were advised by the Minister for Roads and Highways (Hon Inusah Fuseini) -- If we could do that, I do not know.
This is my last contribution and I will start putting the Question.