High Stakes, As Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman Assumes Office As The Director General, NILDS.
The New Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman on Monday, June 3, 2019 officially assumed his Office as the Chief Accounting, Academic and Administrative Officer of the Institute. In a brief interactive session with both Management and staff of the Institute, the DG stated that the handover ceremony which was just conducted in the sidelines of the meeting is legal and valid and authorized by the appropriate authorities.
He promised to work with the Directors and other members of the Management team to take the Institute to lofty heights, adding that having served as Minister of National Planning and member of the Federal Executive Council and being an academic too, he has gathered robust experience and technical know how to steer the affairs of NILDS.
Prof. Suleiman who retorted on his previous engagements with the Institute which he described as the capacity building hub of African legislatures did not mince words as he informed the staff that he is no stranger to the workings of the Institute and indeed in Legislative business. He seized the occasion to share his vision for the Institute, while soliciting cooperation and mutual respect for each other. "Being an academic environment, the principles that should guide work ethics in NILDS should be based on truth, conscience, hard work, productivity and reward”, he said.
On similar note, the DG who shared his passion for research and impacting knowledge harped on initiate policies that would promote and inculcate academic culture, quality of researches that will address existing Legislative and Democratic challenges of the country. He added that an Academic Advisory Board will be created comprising of renowned academics in other to improve the deficient course content of the Institute as well as curb unethical academic conducts such as plagiarism, laziness, staff acrimony and primordial cleavages to mention a few. He gave his assurances to prioritize on staff welfare, said all staff will be treated with equity and fairness.
Prof. Suleiman unveiled some reforms which he believes is necessary for development and expansion of NILDS; said they are focused on restructuring the management of the Institute by creating the Office of the Deputy Director General; expand directorates, departments and Units to accommodate Academic planning, Administration and Maintenance respectively. He also, hinted on the need to revisit and institutionalize National and International lecture series.
The Deputy Director, Finance, Ibrahim Mshelia who gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the Director, Finance and Administration who was unavoidably absent appreciated the DG for his assurances to the staff. He pledged the unalloyed support and respect of all staff and prayed for cordial and fruitful working relationship with him.