Dr Ladi Hamalai, the Director-General, National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), said on Sunday that lack of funds was hindering the institute from completing its permanent site.

Hamalai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that the permanent site was designed to serve not only Nigeria, but the entire African region.

She said that it would be a thing of pride for Nigeria if the site were to be completed considering that it would be a hub for the development of the legislative capacity of African states.

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“I think the basic challenge so far is to maybe get enough resources to implement all our programmes.

“We have the permanent site for example of the institute that is yet to be completed. We still don’t have enough resources to complete it.

“This is a permanent site that has been designed to serve not only Nigeria, but be the hub of legislative capacity development in the whole of the African region.

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“So, we believe that it is a pride for this nation to get that building completed.“

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The director-general said that the institute was working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament in the training of its members.

She also said that the institute had entered into collaborations with other African countries to train members of their parliament on legislative processes.

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“Our objective is actually to continue to widen and enlarge our scope at the regional level.

“So far, I know we’ve received delegations from two, three parliaments in East Africa. We’ve also received one delegation from Central Africa.

“It’s just to understudy the institute and see what lessons they can learn from us and in some respect, see how we can collaborate,“ she said. (NAN)

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