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Director General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Dr Ladi Hamalai has said that a new hurdle of acquisition of Professional Certificate in Parliamentary Studies (PCPS) by staff of the National Assembly as a condition for promotion from one Grade level to the other would soon be placed before them.
Hamalai made the disclosure yesterday while briefing journalists on far reaching reforms being carried out on the Institute by its Governing Council headed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
According to her, the Institute which will soon be named as National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) as against (NILS) with introduction of department of Democratic Studies, will soon be running professional certificate programmes in parliamentary studies and management for staff of the National Assembly particularly those at the management level, which would be considered as part of conditions for their promotions in the nearest future.
The parliamentary certificate course, she added, was recommended for staff of the National Assembly at the Governing Council meeting by the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA) Mohammed Sani-Omolori and approved.
She said: “The management of National Assembly would now be subjected to a compulsory certificate programme or parliamentary administration Basic level and Advanced level so that all cadres within the management would be fully acquainted with all the legislative processes and management processes of National Assembly whether you are in finance department or whether you are in Senate or House. All would have the same basic knowledge about the legislature and the legislative process. The programme would be so detailed and practical and will have sub-topics like chamber operations, official reporting operations, office of the clerk of committee.
“Infact, at a certain time, promotion of affected staff , will have to be based on the acquisition of such parliamentary professional certificate”.
She added that the Institute based on the reforms carried out by its governing council, will extend its capacity building services to other political players in the polity outside the legislature.
“To reflect its overall objectives, the council approved the processing of an Amendment Bill to change the Institute’s name to National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies’ (NILDS).
“The expected outcome of these developments in NILS operating capacity and structure on democratic governance would be much appreciated. It is expected that quality enhancement of democratic processes in the country would result from the widening and deepening of capacity development in the wider political space.
“Additionally‚ cohesion and constitutionalism in the political space would be heightened owing to the enhancement of inter-stakeholder engagement through training and sensitization activities. The debate on the prospects of democracy in Africa has shifted to fine tuning measurement instruments and classifications of democracy based on the quality variable. As patriotic Nigerian, we should all endeavor to make contributions, in no matter how small measure, to the deepening of the quality of democracy in Nigeria. Good governance is the panacea for rapid growth in economic development and welfare of the people’, she explained


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