The DG NILS Dr. Ladi Hamalai has tasked the 50 participants from the 15-member ECOWAS States, at the just concluded Regional Training Workshop, on Comparative Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, to use their newly acquired knowledge, skills, techniques to assist Members of Parliament improve their performance and enact appropriate legislation that would reverse the negative trends of poverty, unemployment, corruption and crises across the sub-region.
“The ability of national parliaments to perform effectively depends largely on the its institutional capacity in terms of the available resources, expertise, facilities, skills and techniques required to be able to assist the MPs in oversight, legislation and representation. More effective national parliaments will help to bridge the gap between the citizens and their institutions, and thus address some of the fundamental challenges facing present-day West Africa.” She said. She reaffirmed the National Institute for Legislative Studies NILS commitment and preparedness to continue to strengthen the capacity of both national and regional parliaments in order for them to live up to their changing roles.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Staff who participated in the workshop have unanimously adjudged the presentation of DG NILS on “Committee and Legislative Effectiveness” as a “must-have” manual for any Committee Clerk who desires to make impact in his/her Parliamentary career.
This was the verdict on the last day, after the 4-Day Regional Training Workshop, on Comparative Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, designed specifically for Parliamentary staff of Parliaments within the ECOWAS Member states.
In a graphic and well researched presentation, Dr. Hamalai took participants on a “blow by blow” procedure of parliamentary effectiveness, using illustrations, data, and statistics and sharing hands-on experience.
The comprehensive presentation to the 15-member ECOWAS -states on parliamentary practices and procedure is on our website: www.nils.gov.ng.
The NILS-Cap 1, Extension programme had in attendance resource persons, comprising experts drawn from the academia, civil society , parliaments including Prof. Melegue Traore, a former Speaker Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Secretary General, ECOWAS Parliament, Dr. Nelson Magbagbeola among others.
Discussions centered on a wide range of topics and sharing of country perspectives by participants from anglophone, francophone and the lusophone countries.