The Speaker of the National Assembly and Speaker of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, reiterated the 9th Assembly on Monday making the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) a unique regional asset and a premier legislative research institute.
Senator Lawan who gave assurance in Abuja, during the 8th registration ceremony of 123 postgraduate students of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) / University of Benin (UNIBEN) Postgraduate Programs cycle, stressed the need for adequate provision of funds, infrastructure and capacity development.
“As Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, it is gratifying to note that NILDS has worked diligently and tirelessly to realize its vision of becoming a leading research and training institution that promotes and supports the development of vibrant, effective and accountable legislatures and democratic institutions in Nigeria and beyond; thus strengthen democracy, democratization and democratic ethics in the country.
“It is an indisputable fact that human capital is essential for boosting productivity, essential for economic growth and also relevant for the resilience of economies. Much of a country’s human capital is built through the education system, which has important implications for the individual and for society as a whole. At the individual level, education and skills make people more productive; and the resulting optimal performance creates the possibility of higher income.
“At the macro level, a well-educated workforce contributes to economic growth and advances the innovative capacity of a society which, in aggregate, contributes to raising the standard of living and well-being of the people. citizens.
Senator Lawan, who is also chairman of the board of directors of NILDS, described education as the most important investment a country can make for its people and its future, arguing that various challenges facing education faces, such as limited funding, lack of educational infrastructure and tools, poorly trained staff and low levels of engagement, among many others, have negatively impacted the productivity and performance of our schools and learning centers at all levels.
“Some of the consequences of our weak education sector include a growing profile of criminal activity and anti-social behavior, insecurity, high numbers of unemployed youth and an unproductive workforce.
“These have hurt the productivity and performance of our schools and learning centers at all levels. Some of the consequences of our weak education sector include the rise of criminal activity and anti-social behavior, insecurity, high numbers of unemployed youth and an unproductive workforce.
While applauding the partnership between NILDS and UNIBEN, observed that the relationship has been very cordial and has grown considerably since 2013, which signifies the immense value that we as a parliament place on education and capacity building of the legislature.
The President of the Senate, represented by the Chairman of the Senate Gas Committee, Senator Degi Biobarakuwa, who pledged to continue supporting the development of education in the country, said:
“At the previous Assembly, we worked diligently to improve the quality of primary and secondary education, which has fallen behind due to the lack of adequate investment in the education sector. It is imperative to highlight that in the Senate we amended the Universal Basic Education (UBE) law to ensure that the 2% budget allocation to the Universal Basic Education Commission by the government federal government be raised to 3%.
“However, there is still a long way to go to ensure that all stakeholders at state and federal levels do their part to strengthen the sector.
“In striving to achieve the targets, we have set ourselves targets in the legislative program; legislators are dependent on legislative staff and assistants. In fact, the main potential resources for continuity and lasting change in a legislature are the legislative bureaucracy. This means that a strong legislature needs highly professional and qualified staff who are dedicated to the institution of parliament, ”he said.
For his part, the Director General of NILDS, Professor Olanrewaju Sulaiman observed that “competent technical legislative staff is essential for the effective functioning of the legislature and, by extension, for building a strong and manly bureaucracy.
“It is in response to this need and in response to the shortage of manpower identified during a staff audit instituted by the NASS management that NILDS has been at the forefront of the development of health programs. Qualitative and targeted training and education that will address identified skills gaps in all aspects of legislative operations.
“The programs offered by the Institute are specialized and guided by the conviction that it is only through an appropriate and effective education of the population in democratic governance that authentic and functioning democracies can emerge throughout the world. Your speakers in these programs are seasoned legislative experts, Democrats, and seasoned academics. You are expected to graduate in record time as the programs are not affected by any form of strike action.
“The postgraduate programs run by the institute have two main objectives, the first is to equip legislators and legislative staff at all levels of government with the knowledge and skills required to improve the performance of their various tasks. functions. The second objective is to provide opportunities for members of the public who are interested in the practice and procedure of the legislature and to familiarize themselves with the operating procedures of this branch of government, ”noted Professor Sulaiman.
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