• Monday June 24, 2019 07:19 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

As part of the renewed tasks of impacting and strengthening democracies, particularly in the West African sub-region, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS begins a 5-day Benchmarking Workshop on Strengthening the Capacities of the Opposition in Parliament. Participants at this workshop comprise, Members of Parliament of Uganda, Parliamentary bureaucrats and their support staff.

In a tip-off before the workshop, the Director General, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, stated that this workshop is part of the broader programme of the Institute to expand the frontiers of legislative capacity competencies and impact the landscape of Africa’s democracy. “The Institute remains a critical knowledge management hub and capacity development organ for National Parliaments in West Africa. We would continue to provide both supply and demand-driven training approach, in line with World-best practices, to close the huge knowledge gap and deliver continued technical support to the legislature and democratic institutions” he said.

The Director General added that the completion of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Permanent Site and Ultra-modern, multi-facility Conference Centre, which has the capacity to sit, between 100, 200 to 1,000 participants simultaneously, would help the Institute implement its agenda and achieve its set goals for Nigeria and Africa’s democracy in 2019. Apart from the foreign exchange the Institute will be saving the country from domesticating some of its programmes, Prof. Sulaiman added that, when the NILDS permanent site comes on-stream, it would provide opportunities for more African participation and avail a considerable number of Nigeria’s 469 Federal Legislators, and the 990 state legislators across the 36 states of Nigeria, opportunities of enhancing their skills and capacities and improving operational efficiency through training Programmes at the Institute.

The One-Week Benchmarking workshop, a tailor-designed initiative of NILDS for Ugandan Parliamentarians will be exploring topics such as ‘Change Management from a Ruling Party to Opposition, Strategies for Capacity Strengthening of Opposition Party in Parliament, Government and Opposition: Roles, Rights and Responsibilities, Developing Shadow Governance Structure and Processes as well as, Strengthening Communication between Party Leadership and Legislative Caucuses.

The workshop which will be facilitated by ranking and experienced, former legislators as well as, seasoned academics will run for 5 days

The workshop which is expected to be enriching, provides a platform for a cross-fertilization of experiences, and sharing of concerns, informed knowledge and ideas between, participants and Parliamentarians from the Ugandan Parliament, and the resource persons.