DG, NILDS Plays Host to Delegation From Benue State House of Assembly Service Commission, Assures them of a Tailor Made Capacity Building Training Program.
Chairman of the Benue State House of Assembly Service Commission Dr. Sylvester Atachin led some Members on a working visit to the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) on the 26th August 2020.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Atachin said they were very glad to be at the Institute to see for themselves how things function and will be happy to tap into the fountain of knowledge of the Institute in advancing their capacity in the delivery of their duties so that the dividends of democracy can percolate to the grassroots and permeate the entire state.
He emphasized the exigent need for the trainers to be trained in order to give qualitative maximum outputs; he further informed that the commission was recently inaugurated and therefore needs to learn the ropes as quickly as possible.
The Director General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman in his introductory remarks promised to give them the necessary support to succeed. The DG went down memory lane to painstakingly reiterate the importance of the legislature to democracy, as the parliamentarians are the representatives of the people, hence, the legislative arm of government aggregate the totality of the opinions, values and expectations of the generality of the people.
Prof. Sulaiman posited that the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies has grown to be one of those supporting pillars of the legislature and democracy in the West Africa sub-region and even beyond.
He however urged the delegation to take advantage of the numerous training and capacity building programmes the Institute offers to hone their skills, “the Institute does not conduct training in Abuja alone but capacity enhancement programme can also be undertaken in the various states of the federation”, he said.
The DG reiterated that NILDS has trained several senior and management staff from different Houses of Assembly Service Commissions across the country while making it clear that despite the COVID 19 pandemic, the Institute has developed methods of systematically instructing participants without jeopardizing their health, as NILDS strictly adheres to protocols of COVID 19 as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In his response, the Chairman of the commission said, it was gratifying to hear the DG speak and touch on all areas relevant to their calling and assures that the commission would draw up annual training calendar so as to commence work as soon as possible.
Other members of the delegation include Hon. Avine Agbom, Hon. Ezekiel Adaji, Hon. Benjamin Dowgo and the Secretary of the Commission Mr. Benjamin Iwan .
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