Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman

Director General


The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) is an organ of the National Assembly established by an Act of Parliament. President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the National Institute for Legislative Studies Act 2011 on March 2nd 2011 following the passage of the same by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

NILDS builds on the successes of the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), established in 2003 as a capacity building institution of the National Assembly with the financial support of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). For over 7 years PARP has helped to strengthen the capacities of legislators and ensure that the positions and proposals advanced by the National Assembly are informed by requisite research and analytical support.

In 2016, the Institute’s Governing Council approved the establishment of new department of Democratic Studies as well as a Department for Post Graduate Studies. On January 26th, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the National Institute for Legislative Studies (Amendment) Act, 2017. This expansion will enable the Institute to provide capacity development services to democratic Institutions and governance in Nigeria.


  • To act as a world class multi-disciplinary institution capable of providing training, capacity building, research, policy analysis and extension services for the legislature at the Federal, State and Local government levels;
  • To meet a long-felt need to provide the legislators and officials with institutionalized opportunities for problem-oriented studies and systematic training in the various disciplines of legislative institutions, processes and procedures;
  • To improve capacity of Legislators to sustain and consolidate democratic governance through deliberation and policy formulation. Improve the technical capacity of legislative staff, committee secretaries and political aides to process appropriation bills and policy oversight of the executive;
  • To stock and improve the quality of relevant information, for members of the national and state assemblies and the general public through the dissemination of research output and the organization of consultative fora for the public sector, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society;
  • To promote and disseminate among Legislative Assemblies in Nigeria the practice of science based methodologies of law-making;
  • To design, analyze and evaluate development policies in Nigeria, especially dealing with macro-economic, socio-political and cultural issues, as may be necessary from time to time;
  • To support networking arrangements involving parliaments and policy analysis units in the sub-region in order to share experiences;
  • To prepare such reports and information, as may be required by Special/Standing Committees in the course of their work;
  • To establish and/or consolidate a database on relevant development policy issues for utilization in deliberations on bills and drafting of legislation;
  • To promote best practices in legislative activities in Nigeria and countries in the sub-region;
  • To strengthen democratic processes, structures and institutions;
  • To promote and protect constitutional due process in legislative practices;
  • To assist the National Assembly and State Assemblies in their efforts to conceive and draft bills;
  • To conduct short-term training modules for members of the national and state assemblies and their staff; and
  • To monitor and evaluate the implementation of annual budgets and report to the relevant assemblies.