• Monday October 21, 2019 18:21 PM
  • NILS Press Corps

Director General of National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, on Monday, October 21, 2019 has stated that the Higher National Diploma programme in Official Reporting offered by the Institute is first of its kind to be accredited for any tertiary Institution in Nigeria. He said the pioneering efforts of NILDS in this regard is timely, particularly given the dearth of personnel in the field of Official Reporting in both the National and State Houses of Assembly, adding that the effort will eventually address the personnel deficiencies in the field.

Prof. Sulaiman informed that through a strategic partnership between the Institute and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), accreditation of HND in Parliamentary Administration has been obtained and the Programme will soon take off in the next academic session. He noted that the future graduates of the HND in Official reporting which now has a total of 35 students, have been approved for inclusion in the National Youth Service (NYSC) scheme or exemptions as appropriate.

He tasked the matriculating students on improving their skills, knowledge and experience in the reportage of Legislative proceedings accurately and comprehensively too. The DG who administered the Matriculation oath on the students charged them to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the programme.

Earlier, the Assistant Manager, Training at the Institute, Dr. Francis Ndum Ojie gave an insight of the background of the HND programme. He stated that the curriculum which leverages on both traditional and modern technological systems of official reporting is designed to equip the students with skills, knowledge and experience in such core areas as Hansard Manual Styles, Speed writing/shorthand development, Bound volume management, Desktop publishing and other Information Technology tools and Record management practices to mention a few.