NILDS: Sharpening the Skills of Legislatures Across the States of the Federation For More Effective and Efficient Performance
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, has once again demonstrated its commitment to the success of legislators vis a vis the advancement of democratic process. This is evident in the special capacity building training organized for Members of Kogi State House of Assembly in Abuja.
During the opening ceremony of the programme, the representative of the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives and Deputy House Leader, Hon. Peter Akpatason informed that the Speaker has expressed delight in the proactive nature of NILDS, exhibited in the series of capacity building programmes and other activities that the Institute has taken up in recent times, which are targeted at advancing democratic governance.
He further urged the Institute not to relent in identifying the capacity and institutional needs assessment of the National Assembly and State Assemblies in order to build strong legislatures for democracy to thrive, the rule of law to be upheld, human rights and an efficient marketplace to be actualized.
While presenting his goodwill message, the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole said Legislative activities have a direct impact on the political environment that supports and encourages sustainable human development and as a result of this, the legislators are making conscious effort to broaden their horizon with regards to training, engagements and other activities that will assist them in becoming more efficient, effective and democratic.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman reiterated the Institute’s strides at providing qualitative and responsive legislative education in Nigeria and the Africa region.
“The past interruption of Nigeria’s democratic process as a result of military incursion during which the legislatures were absent made it more compelling that all efforts must be devoted to strengthen the legislature as the representative of the people”, he said.
While commending President Muhammdu Buhari for assenting to the constitutional amendment that granted financial and administrative autonomy to State Houses of Assembly, Prof. Abubakar posited that financial autonomy entails greater responsibility for both the legislators and the support staff at the state level.
He assured that NILDS is ready to partner and collaborate with the State Legislatures in the training and retraining of the parliamentary staff to meet the requirement of an autonomous legislature.
The 3 day intensive capacity building programme has been divided into numerous sessions, on topics such as Parliamentary Structure and Management, Parliamentary Practice and Procedures, Budget and Appropriation Process, Lawmaking process and Subsidiary Legislation among others.
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