The Executive Committee (EXCO) of the 9th National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), has canvassed for greater cooperation with the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and improved capacity building for it’s members.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues during a courtesy visit on the Director General of the Institute, Prof Abubakar Olarenwaju Suleiman in their Maitama Office, Alh Salisu Usman Zuru, commended NILDS for providing training support to the legislative aides over the years in line with it’s mandate.
In a statement signed by Abdul Lauya, Public Relations Officer NASSLAF on Tuesday, Zuru called for greater collaboration and more training opportunities for his members who are the engine room for the smooth running of the Legislature.
NASSLAF Chairman maintained that there can be no democracy without vibrant Legislative Aides, assuring that aides are poised to continue to add value to democracy through quality services to their principals.
Responding, Suleiman concurred with NASSLAF Chairman, stressing that parliamentarians depend largely on intellectual sagacity and experience of Legislative Aides and Committees for effective discharge of their Legislative duties.
He decried low-patronage and called on Legislators to maximize the use of NILDS services and facilities in order to justify resources appropriated to the institute.
According to him, NILDS has what it takes to transform into a University in near future; and called on Government as a matter of urgency to complete the permanent site located along Airport Road, which is at 95% completion.
The Director General of NILDS said the institute planned to conduct training for about 1,000 aides in 2020, but could not because of the COVID 19 Pandemic; and pledged to work with NASSLAF to conduct training for atleast 100 aides before the year runs out.
Suleman also pledged to increase annual training slots for NASSLAF, with atleast two foreign slots.
NILDS is an organ of the National Assembly established by an act of parliament to provide quality academic and Professional research, policy analysis, training, documentation and advocacy on democratic governance and Legislative practice and procedures.