Partnership That Works: NILDS, NASS Brainstorm on Service Delivery for the Advancement of the Legislature
Improving the synergy between the management of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies(NILDS) and National Assembly (NASS) has shaped discussion at the very first retreat organised between the two. In his address , Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Sani Omolori acknowledged the consultative leadership of the Director General of NILDS which he said will go far in transforming the Institute into a leading brand in Nigeria and indeed Africa. He reiterated the need to deepen the interrelationship between stakeholders in the legislative arm of government in the areas of research, capacity building initiatives and overall administration.
Omolori further informed that the unity of purpose being forged will create the conducive atmosphere required for a robust performance of the Nigerian Legislature.
In his remarks, the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman extolled the leadership qualities of Alhaji Sani Omolori, which he said is key in repositioning and modernising the legislative bureaucracy to make it attuned to contemporary realities and challenges. He expressed his strong belief that a harmonious and productive working relationship between NILDS and NASS bureaucracy is the only way in which the Institute can better serve the legislature at the national level.
Prof. Abubakar outlined the avenues for collaboration as training, provision of technical support to committees, conduct of professional teams,policy research, continuous capacity building of legislators and legislative aides as well as development of useful resource materials and templates for committee activities. He assured that the coming years will open the vista to the improvement and standardisation of the quality of committee reports and outputs.
The Director General expressed hope in the areas of improvement on bills drafting and ascertaining highest quality before transmission to the President for assent.
He calls for frank, constructive and mutually beneficial discussion on ways to partner towards the provision of more robust support to the National Assembly.
The opening ceremony of the retreat had in attendance the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government, Emmanuel Ekwuem,who represented the Governor, and representative of the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly among others.
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, under the leadership of Prof Abubakar Sulaiman is determined to add value to the National Assembly for the realisation of its functions geared at delivering on democratic dividends.
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