NILDS-Exploring International Frontiers to Enhance Capacity of the 9th National Assembly

  • Friday July 5, 2019 10:08 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS has initiated a bilateral capacity development exchange programme between Malaysia and Nigeria’s legislators as well as, political actors in other institutions of democracy, with their counterparts in Malaysia.

The Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS Prof Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman disclosed this, during a visit to the High Commissioner of Malaysia, Her Excellency, Gloria Tiwet. He noted that collaboration between the two countries who share common values in democracy could not have come at a better time than now that both countries have just begun another journey in their democratic trajectory. “Nigeria and Malaysia are in the South-South hemisphere and we share a common history, and experiences as developing countries.

In the area of academic programmes, we have a deep history. We need to extend that to Parliamentarians to expose them to World Best Parliamentary practices and thus, improve their legislative output. The more we exchange ideas, the better strengthened our democracies can become.” He emphasized.

Under this collaborative arrangement, a calendar of exchange visits would be worked out between both countries for the benefit of the legislators and their technical support staff. Prof. Sulaiman added.

In her response, the Malaysian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Gloria Tiwet assured of the preparedness of the Malaysian High Commission to facilitate a mutually beneficial collaboration between the Nigerian Legislature and the Parliament of Malaysia.
The meeting,is the first in the round of such international collaborations in the Institute’s efforts to close the knowledge gap within democratic institutions.