National Assembly Capacity Needs Assessment 2015 Revised

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Volume: First Edition | Pages: 136 | Year Published: 2015

Publisher: National Institute For Legislative Studies

Author: Prof. Ladi Hamalai | Dr. Jake Dan-Azumi

Subject Matter
Needs Assessment of the Legislators and Legislative Staff of the National Assembly as it applies to the functions of the Legislature

Purpose/Objective
Is to review the capacity needs of the Legislators National Assembly and their Staff and to recommend for the expansion of the needs assessment to include State Houses of Assembly and indeed the ECOWAS Parliamentarians and their staff.

Gaps Identified
1. Since NILDS is the capacity building institute for the State Houses of Assembly, Needs assessment of State Houses of Assembly should be included. 2. The preface of the book indicates that the assessment only paid attention on key committees of the National Assembly. This should be revisited to accommodate all the committees, because each committee has a unique role to play in the legislative practice and procedure. 3. The assessment does not cover the Public Complaints Commission which is also another agency of the National Assembly Service. 4. Index was not provided in the assessment.

Recommendations

1. There is need to undertake follow up research to ascertain level of implementation of the recommendations of the 2015 assessments.
2. The oversight and public hearing manuals need to be updated to capture the latest techniques and challenges of oversight and that of conducting public hearings.
3. There is also need to include state Houses of Assembly and ECOWAS Parliament in the Needs Assessment, because it is within the mandate of the Institute to train them.
4. The next phase of the assessment should cover, if not all the committees, then more committees compared with the last assessment.
5. Because of the importance of the Public Complaints Commission in the role of the legislature in addressing public complaints, probably, through Senate and House Committees of public petition, the assessment should be reviewed to capture Public Complaints Commission.
6. Chapter three which dealt with legal frame work and sources of power should be beefed up. The information provided in discussing sources of powers, sources of procedural authority and the legislative process can be improved upon.
7. the assessment should also provide index

Reviewer: Dr. Usman Ibrahim

Rank: RF II

Department: Legislative Support Services/ Bills and Legislative Drafting

Date Of Commencement: not available

Date Of Completion: not available

Chapter one
Chapter one which is the introductory part, it dealt with objectives, methodology, limitation and organization of the study.

Chapter two
Chapter two dealt with development in Legislature in Comparative perspectives. It comprises of introduction, capacity of the legislators, parliamentary oversight tools and appropriation process, capacity of the legislative committees and staff, capacity of the Legislative Aides, legislative research capacity, bill drafting scrutiny and analysis services, legislative information resources and Libraries, physical infrastructure and equipment and financial resources.

Chapter three
Chapter three of the assessment dealt with legal frame work and sources of power which comprises of sources of oversight powers, sources of procedural authority and the legislative process.

Chapter four
Chapter four dealt with capacity and resources issues which comprises of human resources capacity of the legislators and legislative staff, exposure of the of parliamentary staff to capacity building programmes, the capacity challenges and the capacity needs. Others include the legislators capacity needs, parliamentary staff capacity needs, the specific case of committee, institutional resources and facility, physical infrastructure, ICT Facility, Library Facility, documentation and archiving, legislative research and service delivery infrastructure, planning and analytical resources, production of legislative documents and financial resources.

Chapter five
Chapter five dealt with legislative process and oversight conduct. The Chapter comprises of performance of and views relating to oversight, overview of legislators, management staff and committee staff on oversight, information required for oversight, public hearing, confirmation of appointment of the executive, views and outputs of legislative process, overview of the views on the legislative process, adequacy of the legal frame work, instruments and mechanisms of the legislative process, work strategy plan, assessment of legislative output, committee reports preparation and submission, relationship between the two chambers in the legislative process, constituency relations representation and communication with the public

Chapter Six
Chapter Six which is also the final chapter dealt with conclusions and recommendations. The authors used so many annexures, tables and figures in the presentation of the information