All members-elect of the 36 States’ Houses of Assembly will gather in Abuja today for an induction course organised by the National Assembly Legislative Institute.
Senate President David Mark is scheduled to open the five-day training like it did penultimate week for National Assembly members-elect.
Former principal officers of the National Assembly will be resource persons during the programme.
President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari had attended the National Assembly members-elect event when he called for the loyalty of the lawmakers to his administration.
Justifying the need for the training, the Director-General of NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, explained that sustainable democratic development does not end with successfully completed free and fair elections.
Rather, she stated that elections are the beginning towards democratic maturity. “It is an entire process that requires a deliberate long-term and comprehensive effort to build up and consolidate representative and well-functioning parliament able to ensure sound implementation of its law-making and oversight powers,” she said.
Stating that NILS was tasked with the responsibility of designing projects that will deepen democracy, Hamalai stated the institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Benin to run Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s programmes on Legislative Studies, Legislative Drafting and Parliamentary Administration.
On research, she said the NILS has been involved in active research on current and emerging key issues, legislation and policy reviews, drafting of motions and resolutions, bill analysis and scrutiny.
“As part of the institute’s research effort, the NILS Library, Data and Documentation Unit are open to researchers, students, National Assembly staff, and legislators.
“The Institute is also involved in reference services, parliamentary publications and NILS’s publications. We also print reports, periodicals and journals and give information alerts,” Hamalai said.
On how the data bank works to aid the activities and functions of the National Assembly, she said: “The data bank was launched with the objective of providing comprehensive access to national, regional and international legal information. Thus, the laws are systematically classified under Nigerian Laws, the Laws of African Countries and Global Laws.
“Each of these categories has detailed contents that ensure both comprehensiveness and simplicity of access. Three websites serve as online storefront, providing rich information on all works of the Institute.”
The institute, she added, was accredited by the Nigerian National Universities Commission, NUC, to conduct Master’s and PGD programmes.

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