NILDS Takes Public Education of the Legislature to a New Level

  • Wednesday January 22, 2020 11:58 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

Against the background of the lack of adequate public knowledge of the legislature, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with the FCT Secondary Education Board and Nigerian Television Authority has successfully conducted the zonal stage of the 5th Edition of NILDS’ Quiz competition centered on the Legislature and Democracy for Senior Secondary Schools within the FCT.

The zonal leg of the programme which took place in 8 zones across Secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory is an initiative of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, aimed at providing enlightenment, particularly for schools, on the importance, roles and activities of this critical arm of democracy, the legislature as well as broaden their knowledge of democratic processes.

Winners Recorded across the 8 zones include:
i. AMAC Central- Government Secondary School, Gwarimpa Estate represented by Mbonu Victoria and Anya Nneka Hope
ii. Kuje Zone- Government Secondary School, Gosa represented by Okwunonke Favour and Abara Mary Chigozie.
iii. AMAC East- Government Day Secondary School, Karu represented by Abdulhakeem Khassim and Enohizenam Delight.
iv. Bwari- Government Secondary School, Bwari (Kuduru), represented by Mubarak Munzir and Nwantu Yossy.
v. AMAC North- Government Secondary School, Jabi, represented by Chidera Orijako and Olotu Jesuyimika
vi. Abaji- Government Day Secondary School, Abaji represented by Onoja Anita and Bello Abdulsamad.
vii. Kwali- Government Girls Secondary School, Dukpa represented by Ogbogo Odu Victory and Bala Doris.
viii. Gwagwalada-Government Science Secondary School, Tunga Maje represented by Chukwuemeka Devine and Luka Gambo.

The final stage, scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 28th, January, 2020 at the National Assembly Complex would help both the students and the citizenry at large to understand the significance of the legislature, its contributions to political and national development.
According to the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, “the Legislature remains the epi-centre and a crucial arm of Government in any democracy and one of its key functions is the promotion and sustenance of democracy, democratic process and values. It also remains the arm of government which the citizenry are vastly unacquainted with and apparently misunderstood.

Public education and sensitization about the legislative process and its ties to democracy has therefore become necessary. This is further heightened by the fact that history is no longer taught in most secondary schools. There is no doubt that one of the best ways to impart a lasting knowledge about the legislature is through the young ones. Rather than use the classroom approach which has been found to be too formal, we have opted for a quiz approach, which is engaging, vibrant, participatory and interactive. We have found the quiz approach to education as a fast-track approach to making legislative studies an integral part of the students’ curriculum”.

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), National Assembly, was established by an enabling Act, Section 3 Paragraph H specifically, to develop training curriculum for schools and tertiary institutions on democratic, legislative practice and procedure, political culture and development.