“The academic curriculum being developed for secondary and tertiary institutions will be on democratic, legislative practice and procedure as well as political culture and development”. These were the words of the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), the knowledge management hub and capacity building organ of the National Assembly.
Professor Hamalai said this at the finals of the 2nd Edition of the Institute’s quiz competition on the legislature organized for secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory; she reiterated that the development was the only way of creating legislative interest that could lead to emergence of future legislators in the country.
Apparently worried by the nonchalant attitude of the public towards the activities of the legislature, the National Assembly has begun moves aimed at incorporating legislative studies into academic curricula in secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the country.
The Chairman, House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Honorable Nicholas Ossai who represented Speaker, Yakubu Dogara at the event disclosed this at the event, he reiterated that the introduction of legislative studies will help to enhance democratic practice in Nigeria; he said that the commitment of the National Assembly gears towards promoting legislation that will make students in the country ultimate beneficiaries of far-reaching education reforms.
“It is edifying that secondary schools students are being exposed to democratic process through quiz competition; it has demonstrated special place of children in our democracy and the need to acquaint them with the basic tenets of democratic governance.
“I wish to commend NILS for this novel initiative and encourage it to sustain its efforts at enlightening children of school age about legislature.
“I urge the schools to make learning of legislative history a tradition in their respective schools through encouragement in debate and other extracurricular activities that would help to promote democracy and improve knowledge,” he said.
School for the Gifted, Gwagwalada emerged the winner of the competition, which started with 80 participating schools across the FCT.