FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR STATE LEGISLATURES MUST BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED- DG, NILDS
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has been encouraged to drive the process of ensuring swift implementation of financial autonomy granted the State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.
The Director General of the Institute, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman made this known recently in Abuja when he played host to a delegation from NTA-Parliament.
Addressing the broadcasters, the DG informed that critical stakeholders including members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum are being engaged in a bid to ensure compliance with the provisions of the law which grants financial autonomy to State legislatures.
He informed the visitors that NILDS has been prominently on the news in recent times because it has been doing a lot in advancing democratic governance. He expressed appreciation for the unwavering support the NTA has extended to NILDS. “No government Ministries, Department or Agencies (MDAs) can now compete with our Institute in terms being on the news for the right reasons” he stated.
Prof. Sulaiman informed that the amendment of the 2011 Act that established the Institute has further expanded its scope and mandate to extend its services to democratic institutions, Civil Society Organizations and other relevant bodies. He solicited more support of the media, particularly now that NILDS has the nod of the leadership of the National Assembly to workout modalities towards improving the visibility and public perception of Legislative institutions in the country. “We know that Organizations have since moved from the era of free services to a period of commercialization and market economy; today, if you want reach in terms of networking, you must put money on the table for it” he agreed with the delegation.
He implored the Parliamentary and International channels of the NTA to gear up for serious partnership with the Institute, noting that the next year’s workplan of NILDS would capture possibilities of collaborating with select media Houses on commercial bases, informing that NTA tops the list of the media outfits to be engaged.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and General Manager, NTA Parliament, Mr. Iorhen Kwange solicited technical support from NILDS in the area of assistance with a camera chain or other cogent tool, assuring the DG of prompt response in terms of coverage of the activities of the Institute. He informed that the NTA-Parliament is now available on both GOTV and DSTV channels.
In another development, the DG played host to a group from Nigeria Natural Resource Charter. The leader of the group, Tengi George-Ikoli mentioned that the purpose of their visit was to partner with the Institute being the technical arm of the National Assembly on areas of gas and natural resources, including solid minerals.
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