• Monday April 9, 2018 14:51 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
The Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) Professor Ladi Hamalai in an address presented by the Director, Research and Training of the Institute, Dr. Adeyemi Fajingbesi has said in order for State legislatures to discharge their statutory function of lawmaking for the good governance and development of the nation; effective oversight of other arms of government and quality representation of their various constituencies, a knowledge-based workforce is essential.

The DG said this in Abuja on Monday, April 9, 2018 while declaring open a 2-week certificate training workshop on ‘Official Reporting’ organized by the Institute for staff of Anambra and Ogun State Houses of Assembly.

She stated that the work was particularly tailored to equip participants with relevant information, methods and latest skills to accurately and efficiently report legislative practices and proceedings. She added that there is need for competent technical workforce to support the work of the legislature especially in the face of high turnover of legislators in the country.

Prof. Hamalai stated in her address that NILDS served as the secretariat for a Technical Committee that was constituted by the Clerk of the National Assembly on designing certificate courses for skill upgrading and capacity development of parliamentary staff. “The outcome of the work the technical committee is the development of a National Curriculum for Higher National Diploma (HND) in Official Reporting which has been approved by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)” .

The programme coordinator and Sabbatical staff at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Dr. John Olanrewaju emphasized that the workshop has been designed to address issues and trends germane in the field of official reporting.

Topics slated for discussion cut across principles and elements of speed writing/shorthand development, Hansard styles manual, ICT in official reporting, editing, record management and archiving of parliamentary reports.