July 3rd 2017- The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Professor Ladi Hamalai has said that legislation is a veritable tool which provides necessary regulatory framework for effective and efficient public policy implementation.
The DG stated this at a Regional training Workshop organized by the Institute in collaboration with the ECOWAS parliament, within the framework of “NILS-CAP 1 Extension”, a project that has enjoyed technical and financial support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).
In her remarks, the DG stated that legislative drafting is an essential aspect of public policy formulation and implementation. She added that it is imperative that the Drafter understands the policy context, especially within the concept of law and development. She implored Legislative Drafters to see themselves as “developmentalists”, while averring that good laws should enable effective implementation as well as timely actualization of policy intentions or objective.
Prof Hamalai, an expert in Development Studies hinted that though, a regulatory framework could sometimes be stringent and may hamper the effective implementation of public policy, a good Drafter is saddled with the burden of ensuring that the intentions of the policy formulator are well articulated and captured. Hence, the Drafter serves as facilitator of development.
While urging participants, drawn from Anglophone, Francophone and Luxophone countries to see the platform provided by this training as an opportunity to cross fertilize their respective parliamentary experiences as well as network, Prof. Hamalai also disclosed that the NILS-CAP Project has been designed to provide skills, enhance capacity as well as identify the needs of parliamentary staff within the regional and national parliaments to enable them function optimally. She added that it would help enrich the institutional capacity differences of Parliaments across the West African sub-region.
She also emphasized that most of the workshops organized under the auspices of NILS-CAP are usually designed to be interactive, thereby providing a forum for experience sharing.
She highlighted that some topics expected to be treated by eminent Resource Persons include:
- Policy formulation
- Policy analysis
- Techniques of translating policy into legislation
- Principles of Legislative Drafting
- Comparative legislative drafting Styles: Commonwealth and Civil law
The Training Workshop on Translating Policy into Legislation is the 4th in the series of NILS-Cap 1 Extension Training workshops.