• Wednesday December 11, 2019 18:27 PM
  • NILS Press Corps

Owing to the burning need to enhance the capacity of legislative committees and staff, especially those whose activities are focused on good governance, anti-corruption, development and economic advancement, Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman who hosted a delegation from the International Monetary Fund, IMF, at the Institute on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, said NILDS is ready to serve as a vehicle for technical assistance and critical interventions in terms of capacity building and economic stability.
He stated that the Institute has had to deal with the turnover rate of legislators amidst limited resources and implored the IMF to partner with it for purposes of designing policies that could be fine-tuned into a roadmap to guide NILDS’ 2020 workplan, in line with the legislative agenda of the 9th National Assembly.
He added that being a global institution, the IMF is better positioned to provide veritable technical assistance and training that would in the long run spur NILDS towards effective service delivery to both legislative and other democratic institutions in Africa.

Responding to the call to bridge the communication gap between IMF and NILDS, the leader of the delegation and Country Representative, Dr. Lean Martin assured the DG of synergy, particularly in the area of strengthening the technical capacity of some of the staff of the Institute in training programmes organized by IMF in the United States. He added that the visit of the IMF to the Legislative and Capacity Building Institute is basically to exchange views on the economy and legislative agenda.

Dr. Martins hinted that IMF is really interested in inclusive growth and good development, while NILDS can be used to pragmatically launch some of its economic stability interventions for the legislature towards informed analysis and policy action.