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NILDS matriculates 85 parliamentary reporters, postgraduate students

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
18 August 2022   |   3:59 am
To strengthen democratic institutions, including the legislature, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has matriculated 85 postgraduate students.

A cross section of NILDS staff

To strengthen democratic institutions, including the legislature, the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has matriculated 85 postgraduate students.

  
The NILDS training programme, in conjunction with the University of Benin (UNIBEN) enrolled 71 students for Master’s programme, and 14 others in the HND programme in Official Reporting and Parliamentary Administration.

Speaking at the matriculation ceremony held at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, NILDS Director General, Prof Abubakar Sulaiman, charged the students to conduct themselves with highest level of discipline and commitment during the duration of the study.
  
Sulaiman, who expressed satisfaction over the upliftment of his outfit as an international brand, disclosed that several African countries are already establishing parliamentary institutes based on the NILDS model.
  
The Kwara State-born scholar said Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Benin Republics have sent delegations to understudy the operations of NILDS.
  
He stated that in the last two years, the Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a law establishing a Legislative Institute adding that similar bills are under consideration in other state Houses of Assembly, including Delta State.

  
Sulaiman explained that the institute has continued to show leadership in both research and teaching to both institutions of higher learning in the country and abroad in a bid to deepen democracy and good governance.
  
“It is fair to say that the institute has become a national and international brand based on a track record of excellence. I thank the leadership of the National Assembly for the offer of continuous support and purposeful leadership.
  
“We are not resting on our oars and remain determined to improve our services and continuously work to strengthen the capacity of the legislature and other democratic institutions in Nigeria and beyond.
 
“I have taken the pain to highlight these achievements of the institute to emphasise to the matriculating students the quality of our academic programmes and the academic excellence that has become the benchmark of the institute,’ he said.
  
The director general said only recently, a delegation from the Federal University, Lokoja, visited the institute for academic collaborations, especially at the level of PhD, adding talks are on-going between the two institutions to seal pact.

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