The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, has reiterated its commitment to providing more capacity building programmes for parliamentarians, towards strengthening democracy in the country.
The Director of the Institute, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman stated this when a delegation of the Benue State House of Assembly Commission paid him a visit in Abuja.
While noting that NILDS has grown to be one of the supporting pillars if the legislature and democracy in the West African Sub region, Professor Suleiman advised the commission to key into the various training available in the institute for efficient legislative proceeding.
“I urged the delegation to take advantage of the numerous training and capacity building programmes the Institute offers to hone their skills, the Institute does not conduct training in Abuja alone but capacity enhancement programme can also be undertaken in the various states of the federation”. He said.
“NILDS has trained several senior and management staff from different Houses of Assembly Service Commissions across the country”.
The Chairman of the Benue State House of Assembly Commission, Dr Sylvester Atachin, said the Commission was recently inaugurated, and pointed out that it was seeking training opportunities to enhance the legislative capabilities for efficiency.
“We are very glad to be at the Institute to see for ourselves how things function and will be happy to tap into the fountain of knowledge of the Institute in advancing the capacity in the delivery of duties so that the dividends of democracy can percolate to the grassroots and permeate the entire state”.
“There is exigent need for the trainers to be trained in order to give qualitative maximum outputs; the commission was recently inaugurated and therefore needs to learn the ropes as quickly as possible”.
Dr Atachin assured of the commission’s readiness to draw up annual training calendar to commence capacity building program for the staff as soon as possible.
Other members of the delegation include Hon. Avine Agbom, Hon. Ezekiel Adaji, Hon. Benjamin Dowgo and the Secretary of the Commission Mr. Benjamin Iwan .