• Tuesday April 3, 2018 14:10 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
In order to bridge the gap in public perception of the National Assembly and the genuineness of its functions as a tier of government, the federal legislature has constituted a steering Committee tasked with the responsibility of organizing an ‘Open Week’ annual celebration of the work being done by the National Assembly as well as outlet for the Nigerian public and critical stakeholders to broaden their insight of legislative processes. The Open week is also meant to create necessary opportunity for a live interface between the lawmakers and their constituents both home and abroad.

While commissioning the Committee on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, the Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan stated that the maiden edition of the event will offer opportunity for the inner workings of the National Assembly to be showcased to a more heterogeneous audience thereby raising awareness of the legislative agenda and initiatives, as well as engender momentum towards legislative openness and significance as a symbol of democracy.

He informed that some of the objectives of the proposed ‘Week’ are to create an avenue for public participation and interaction between the peoples’ representatives in the legislature and key stakeholders, for example, the Women Groups, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media and Constituents. “Public confidence in democratic institutions, particularly the legislature would be improved also, he added.

The leader mentioned that the Planning Committee which he chairs being inaugurated is racing against time already as it is expected that the NASS Open Week coincides with the three year inauguration of the 8th National Assembly billed to hold in June, 2018, but charged members of the Committee to put in their best to ensure that the event is a success. “We must ensure that the series of activities and logistical issues are implemented” he said.

Participants at the ‘Open Week’ include State Assemblies; CSOs/NGOs; Member of the Private sector; Media Organizations; Committees of National Assembly; 469 Constituents (to be selected from all senatorial districts and federal constituencies); Researchers/Academia; Traditional/Religious leaders; MDAs; Development partners; Trade unions/Pressure groups; Student groups and Lobby Groups.

The packed event where the grand finale of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies’ 2018 Secondary Schools Quiz on the Legislature will feature will not only showcase seminars, training and lectures but provide a platform for cultural performances, Arts Exhibitions, Poetry Presentations and Musical Performances.