Why We Are Deepening Nigerian Legislation- German Foundation

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German foundation yesterday said it is deepening Nigeria legislation for an effective governance of the country.

Speaking at a three-day training it organized in collaboration with Office of the Clerk to the National Assembly in Abuja yesterday, Resident Representatives of Kanrad- Adenauer-Stiftung, Dr Vladimir Kreck, said they have been supporting institution in Nigerian including increasing the quality of legislation in the country.

“We want an improved legislation in Nigeria and that is why we are training the National Assembly workers on legislative practice and procedures.

“This training is aimed at boosting the capacity of legislative workers on the management and procedures in both chambers especially on legislative drafting, bill referral process, Committee hearings, markups and reports as well as reconciling Senate and House of Representatives differences on bills,” he said.

Speaking at the opening of the training, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos, said the training would help in ensuring that the laid down legislative practices and procedures regarding Bills, Motions, Petitions are adhered to or improved upon.

He expressed optimism that the capacity building programme would not only guarantee efficient service delivery but also equip legislative workers with the knowledge absolutely needed to run the affairs of the National Assembly efficiently.

He said, “You will agree with me that Capacity building and human resource development are the most critical resource of any organization.

“Any one that is able to harness and improve his human quotient in this regard, has most likely leverage on the greatest assets, thereby building skills and competence for the success of the Institution.

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“I believed that this training programme will strengthen the knowledge of our Officers on Legislative Procedures and Practice.

“The onus of making sure that laid down legislative practices and procedures as stipulated in the Standing Orders of both Chambers of the National Assembly, regarding Bills, Motions, Petitions and other Legislative measures are adhered to or improved upon, rest squarely with the management team, that is why under our watch, we have decided to bring this all important retreat into fruitful friction beginning from today,” he said.

The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Dr Abubakar Suleiman, said the training was part of the usual intervention for capacity development to the staff of the national assembly and Nigeria legislature.

Represented by Director, legal Service, Dr Shuaibu Danwanka, the DG NILDS urged the participants to take the opportunity and tap from experience legislative practitioners.

He said the arraignment with the German organization should be sustained while the objective which is to promote performance is maximally achieved.

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