Senate President Inaugurates Governing Council, Assures DG, NILDS of Support To the Institute
To equip Members of the 9th National Assembly with requisite skills for the challenges in the new legislative cycle, the Senate President and Chairman, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS Governing Council, Distinguished Sen. Ahmad Lawan, PhD, and the Speaker, House of Representatives and Alternate Chairman, NILDS-Governing Council, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila have in their respective remarks, assured the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, and the Director General NILDS, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman of greater support of the National Assembly Leadership to enable the Institute realize the objective of its mandate, in the coming year.
The duo spoke at the Inauguration ceremonies of the 17-Member Governing Council.
The Senate President encouraged, strategic trainings for legislators and their support staff, to deal with their knowledge needs. “Each legislator has 5 legislative Aides and competence is required.
There is therefore need for expertise and enhanced capacity of Legislative Aides to reduce the burden on the National Assembly Members. NILDS has transformed over the years and will keep transforming and because, the needs of the Legislature are dynamic, so will the activities of NILDS”.
“As a research Institute, the Council expects that you review, revise your programmes periodically, to meet the needs of the Legislature who have continued to record high turn-over”
The Senate President also assured of speedy completion of the Permanent Site of the Institute, which he described as a pride to Nigeria and an important landmark for universities and stakeholders.
Earlier, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, while giving the background of NILDS, impact, acknowledged the critical importance of the Institute to the growth of Nigeria’s Legislature and the impact it has made to the sub-regional Parliaments in the last 16 years.
Commending the Director General, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman for a very successful retreat of the Chairmen of the 105 Committees of House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila assured that, the 17-Member Council, who have been selected, based on competence and relevance to the mandate of the Institute, will give its support to enable the Institute implement its work-plan programmes, designed towards the realization of the Institutes’ mandate and actualization of the Legislative Agenda of the 9th National Assembly.
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