• Friday September 11, 2020 10:48 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS and National Assembly Service Commission have opened talks on the feasibility of innovative, positive and timely solutions to the dearth of knowledge and capacity in the commission as well as the National Assembly Management.

Part of what came to the fore at a courtesy visit to the commission by the Director General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman and some of the Management team was the need for continued professional development for staff of the commission through standard professional programmes, which will provide advancement for not just the staff but also legislators and parliamentary staff.

In his brief, the Chairman of the Commission, Engr. Ahmed Amshi informed that it is high time NILDS, which is a notable knowledge management hub for the legislature and also by virtue of its renowned postgraduate school in affiliation with the University of Benin started conducting promotion examinations for staff that are due for it in the commission.

He further posited that the two institutions should organize series of retreats to come up with ideas that will assist the National Assembly in carrying out its mandate. Other matters that came to the fore bordered on reforming the Sergeant At Arms in the National Assembly and increasing the budget allocation of both institutions.

On his part, the Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Sulaiman assured that NILDS will partner with the commission to set up intensive programs in bridging their capacity gap. He further canvassed for the need to encourage the staff of the commission to enroll in the Institute’s post graduate school where they will gain knowledge and Master’s Degree, specific to their chosen career in Legislative Studies, Parliamentary Administration and more.

He further opined that the Institute is ready to cross fertilize ideas with the Commission in a bid to realize a sound institution that will stand firm in building an excellent work force that will provide support and expertise to legislators with a view to meeting the challenges of good legislation for democratic governance and sustainable development.

The NILDS’ delegation include the Director, Post Graduate Studies/Economic Development and Social Studies, Dr Asimiyu Abiola, Director, Democratic Studies, Dr. Adewale Aderemi, Director, Library, Dr. Maimuna Izah, Special Assistants to the DG on Administration, Technical and Academic, Mr Sarafadeen Alabelewe, Dr Jake Dan-Azumi and Dr. Nasir Abdulsalam respectively.