The National Institute for Legislative Studies, NILS is poised to take development of capacity building and legislative effectiveness to a new level. The Director-General of the institute, Dr. Ladi Hamalai made this declaration during the recent celebration of NILS’ fifth anniversary in Abuja. In her words, “NILS is determined to take the legislature by storm through innovative ideas, fresh thinking and dynamic strategies in the areas of training, development and legislative support services.”
The DG, who disclosed that the institute has been charged by its Governing Council to provide services that are consumable and reflect the daily needs and activities of the legislators in the chambers, noted that, NILS consequently restructured its work process by reorganising research activities and focusing on producing resources that will be very handy and user friendly in the day to day business of the legislature.
“The institute has reviewed its work strategies to ensure that the staff remained focused on achieving target deadlines within timeframes”. She assured that, “every challenge is surmountable through staff re-orientation, determination and discipline”.
While announcing the commencement of the institute’s On-line Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) programme in Legislative Drafting, Dr. Ladi Hamalai affirmed that when the permanent site is completed, the institute would be able to conveniently, host some Foreign University programmes.
The occasion which was attended by some founding fathers of the institute including former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Umaru Dahiru, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike, provided an opportunity for useful exchange of ideas on how the Institute can enhance the legislative dexterity of National Assembly members and achieve greater goals.
Earlier, while congratulating the Institute for outstanding contributions towards legislative efficiency, guests took turns to commend the Director General for purposeful and value-added leadership in the past five years.