National Assembly, yesterday assured that it was committed to the completion of the permanent site of the National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS to provide quality legislative training in Nigeria and Africa in general.
Chairman, Governing Council of the institute and Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the alternate chairman/Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara gave the assurance during their assessment tour of the permanent site located along Airport Road, Abuja.
Saraki, who said that the 8th National Assembly was committed to accelerated development and strengthening of legislative institutions, maintained that the complex would soon be completed.
He said that although the complex was very important to the functions of the National Assembly, the legislature will sponsor the completion of the complex based on availability of funds.
Also speaking, Dogara expressed hope that upon completion, the institute will serve as a prime training institute for legislators in Nigeria and beyond.
“What we can do in the face of dwindling resources is to identify priority segments of the project and try to complete them so that we can immediately put this place in use.
“This answers the question of how the National Assembly has been utilizing its budgetary allocation”, he said.
The project architect, Mr. Zingak Gomwalk told newsmen that the project which had reached 26 per cent completion was sitting on an 8 acre land.
Gomwalk disclosed that work on the site was however stopped in March 2015 due to paucity of funds, adding that just a part of the N52 billion contract sum had been released.
Earlier in an interview, the Director General of the Institute, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, disclosed that non-completion of the permanent site has delayed the execution of memorandum of understanding, MoU signed between the Institute and credible institutions around the world, including Johns Hopkins University, USA.
This, she disclosed had been denying and depriving Nigeria of crucial trainings for capacity development locally that would have helped to conserve the scarce foreign exchange, among other benefits.
The Institute’s permanent site, located along Airport road in Abuja is designed to be a world-class ultra-modern facility occupying 80 square meter land.
The site hosts a convention centre, administrative building, a state of the art library, lecture theatre, hostel, clinic and residences. It is the first of its kind in Africa.
Since its establishment in 2011, NILS has continuously provided capacity development to the National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly and regional bodies like the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS and national parliaments of ECOWAS countries.

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