• Tuesday July 10, 2018 09:08 AM
  • NILS Press Corps
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has continued to reverberate the essential role of capacity building and good quality educational qualifications for staff of the legislatures as a sure way of guaranteeing effective and standardized work performance and service delivery. Having sustained the production of professional Master’s degree graduates in key areas focusing on Parliamentary Administration, Legislative drafting and Legislative Studies, the Institute has stepped up its efforts in this regard to kick start a HND program focusing on official reporting in affiliation with the National Board for Technical Education.

During an orientation course for not less than 30 students, the Director General of the NILDS, Prof. Ladi Hamalai represented by the Director, Research and Training Department, Dr. Yemi Fajingbesi seized the moment to introduce the Institute to the students, hinting that having a good sense of time management and diligence to duty is the secret behind their successes. While charging the students to demonstrate dedication to Studies and lectures, she assured them of a good and conducive learning environment and leveling playing ground. She lauded the students for being the pioneer students for the HND programme and hopes that they all graduate with flying colors.

Earlier, the coordinator for the HND programme, Dr. John Olanrewaju commended the efforts of the management of the Institute for demonstrating resilience in order to actualize the vision. He implored the students not to take the opportunity for granted, but rather to see it as an avenue to improve their professional and educational qualities. He ended by appreciating also the consideration of the NBTE for allowing this noble idea materialize into what could be referred to as the first Official drafting Postgraduate programme in Nigeria and indeed the whole of West Africa.

The Director, Legislative Support Services, Prof.Taofeek Ladan doubled down on earlier comments and further stated that the Institute is making efforts at projecting the value of HND qualification. He tasked the students to bank on currency and relevancy of information which they are reporting; adding that they must show dedication in sourcing and seeking out valuable resources and information.

Furthermore, the coordinator for postgraduate programme at the Institute, Dr. Asimiyu Abiola urged the students not to see the programme as an end to their educational endeavors, but rather see it as a stepping stone to pursue higher academic qualifications, adding that the Institute also offers Diploma programmes in relevant areas, and obtaining an upper grade credit in the current HND programme is a prerequisite qualification for admission.