NILS-CAP at a Glance

The National Institute for Legislative Studies Capacity Building Project (NILS-CAP) is a project jointly funded by the National Assembly (NASS), and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) is the research and training organ of the Nigerian National Assembly, which replaces the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), following the signing into law by President Goodluck Jonathan of the National Institute for Legislative Studies Act 2011 on March 2nd 2011.

The NILS-CAP which builds on the gains of PARP, is ACBF’s anchor-institution for promoting good governance in Nigeria and across the West African sub-region through the strengthening of the capacity of the legislatures. NILS has been chosen as a partner following its dependable profile in the training and retraining of legislators and parliamentary staff in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole, which has been of tremendous benefit to the consolidation of democratic gains in the sub-region.

The first Grant Agreement and funding protocol for the implementation of NILS-CAP 1 programmes, between NILS and ACBF was signed on the 27th of March 2014.

Following a successful implementation of NILS-CAP I from April 2014 to July 2015, the ACBF has granted an extension for the continuation of NILS-CAP I, from January 2017 to March 2018.

In addition to the Extension of NILS-CAP I, a second phase, (NILS-CAP II) has been launched on 10th July, 2017 with a new Grant agreement signed between the ACBF and NILS for the implementation of a one year project to improve formulation and implementation of economic and financial policies within Africa, particularly West Africa.

NILS-CAP Programmes

NILS-CAP supports the Nigerian parliament and the other 14 National parliaments in the ECOWAS member states, as well as the ECOWAS regional parliament, by strengthening the capacities of the parliamentarians and staff towards promoting good governance at both the national and regional levels.

NILS-CAP Programme Components and Sections
Four components were covered by the NILS-CAP 1, which included institutional strengthening, training, networking and research, with seven sections in the work plans for 2014 and 2015.
These included:
  • Dialogue Sessions for Parliamentarians and Stakeholders
  • Tailor–Made /Open International Training Programmes for members of the ECOWAS Parliament
  • International Training Programmes for Parliamentary Staff
  • National Programmes for Parliamentary Staff
  • Networking/Exchange Activities
  • Research and Publication
  • Capacity Strengthening of NILS
NILS-CAP Technical Committee
NILS-CAP Technical Committee operations are directed by a Technical Committee made up of the Following:
Prof. Ladi Hamalai, MFR Director General, NILS Chairman
Dr. Nelson Magbagbeola Secretary General, ECOWAS Parliament Member
Dr. Adeyemi Fajingbesi Director Research and Training, NILS Member
Dr. Kabeer Garba Bureau Manager, ECOWAS Parliament Member
Mr. Bertin K. Somé Director, Parliamentary Affairs & Research Member
Prof. Tawfiq Ladan Director Legislative Support Services, NILS Member
Ms. Valentina A. Tetteh Programme Manager, NILS-CAP Secretary
NILS-CAP Secretariat
The Secretariat is manned by the Following:
Ms. Valentina A. Tetteh Programme Manager, NILS-CAP Secretary
Mrs. Rahila N. Habu Assistant Manager Accounts, NILS Finance Officer, NILS-CAP
Mr. Egwuatu U. Onyejelem Admin Officer, NILS-CAP Admin Officer, NILS-CAP
Contact Information
  1. National Institute For Legislative Studies
    Plot 2824, Danube Street, Off IBB Way, Maitama, PMB 123, Garki Abuja, FCT900001, Nigeria
  2. Valentina A. Tetteh
    Programme Manager / Responsable du Programme