• Friday December 13, 2019 12:29 PM
  • NILS Press Corps
Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman has expressed delight over the acceptance of the UN Women’s Office to partner with the Institute with a view to among other things contribute to women’s development and empowerment, gender equality, youth and women inclusion in governance processes and protection of women rights in Nigeria.

A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effect on Friday, December 13, between the two organisations to forge a common front for addressing plethora of challenges confronting women across the country.

In his remarks at the signing ceremony in Abuja, the DG while appreciating the commitment demonstrated so far by the UN Women’s Office to ensure the collaboration becomes a reality, stated that the expansion of the mandate of NILDS via legislative amendment of the Act establishing it, now allows it to provide technical services tailored towards developing democratic institutions, strengthening the capacity of parliamentarians and advocacy on issues bordering on gender equality and women exclusion.

Prof. Sulaiman added that democracy development and gender sensitive policies cannot be successful without quality legislation, hence the need to enhance the capacity of the legislatures in Nigeria, both at the National, State and Local Council levels.

Responding on behalf of the UN Women’s Office, was the Nigeria and ECOWAS Representative, Comfort Lamptey who informed that the gesture is symbolic as it builds on the successes of the UN Women’s Office in the areas of influencing legislation on gender equality and women inclusion, development and empowerment.

She pledged her office’ commitment towards the implementation of the MOU and implored NILDS not to relent in its strides towards actualizing the focus of the memorandum.