DG NILDS Charges Institute for Parliamentary Studies Uganda on Parliamentary Capacity Development
The Institute for Parliamentary Studies, IPS Uganda has been advised to focus on recruiting personnel with requisite expertise and relevant competencies as a starting point to deliver effective capacity development programmes for its Parliamentary community and stakeholders.
The Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Ladi Hamalai gave this advice while receiving in audience Members of Parliament of Uganda who were on a 3-Day Benchmarking visit to the National institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS on how to steer the affairs of the IPS which is billed to come on stream as a capacity development organ of the Parliament of Uganda.
While speaking to the delegation which was led by Hon. Atim-Ogwal Cecilia Barbarsa on the formative stages of NILDS, establishment Act, operations, structures, challenges and lessons learned and the journey so far, Prof. Hamalai noted that legislative work requires information, statistics and data, stressing that research skills and knowledge are core values of an effective parliamentarian. She added that a strong tie between the IPS and NILDS would not only foster African regional knowledge management hub and capacity development for Parliamentarians but also strengthen democracy in both countries.
She noted that over the years, legislators from the National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly and even the West African sub-region have continued to benefit, greatly from the supply and demand-driven training approach of NILDS programmes.
The leader of the delegation, Hon. Cecilia Barbara, who is the Parliamentary Commissioner in Uganda and a frontline member, African Caribbean Pacific Joint Parliament Union, ACPU, noted that they were here in Nigeria to learn best-practices, that would help the IPS make Ugandan and indeed, African Parliamentarians star performers on the floor of Parliaments as well as, groom up-coming Parliamentarians for national leadership. She added that this interface with NILDS would greatly enrich the IPS in the task-ahead.