NILDS-Mulls Partnership With University of Abuja
As part of his strategic vision to broaden and deepen Nigeria’s democracy, the Director General National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS, Prof Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman asserts that the University remains a critical and important partner for political and economic development of Nigeria. The DG made this assertion while receiving a delegation from the Political Science Department of the University of Abuja.
He said that in a constitutional democracy, political scientist have an important role to play in nurturing Nigeria’s democracy. He noted that the University exists to provide the compass that would engender democratic development. “Political Science was one of the core elements in the conceptual framework of NILDS, complemented by Law, hence their contribution in improving the democratic content of NILDS is needed”. While promising to widen the horizon for intellectual development, the DG assured that, when the Institute moves to the Ultra-Modern Permanent site, the the option of decentralizing partnership with contiguous Universities would be explored to enable the Institute accommodate more experts and academics in relevant fields to deliver the comprehensive training modules of NILDS Work-plan.
Responding, the head of the delegation and Head of Department of Political Science, Prof James Nda Jacob, who had earlier expressed the willingness of the Department of Political Science, to collaborate with NILDS in the area of research and capacity training, described the DG as a progressive-minded, detribalized and thorough-bred academic. In his remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science Prof. Yesufu Zoaka expressed confidence in the DG, stating that his appointment as DG NILDS will open a new vista for broader participation of all political stakeholders.
While decrying the negative effect of “winner-takes –all” brand of Nigeria’s politics, he urged the DG to use his experience and new position as a pragmatic Political Scientist to enlighten the political elites on the merits and beauty of inclusiveness in our local and national politics. While citing the Republic of China where, opposition parties are integrated into the mainstream, thus helping to engender democratic growth and good governance, He said winner-takes-all is out of fashion in modern and progressive democracies.
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