AFRICAPOLITICS

Nigerian Institute seeks collaboration with Ghana Parliamentary Service Board

By Naomi Sharang

Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, Director-General, National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), says that the institute will collaborate with Ghana Parliamentary Service Board on democratic consolidation.

Sulaiman made this known when Hon. Johnson Nketiah, Chairman, Committee on Administration and Human Resources of the Board, led members of the committee on a study tour to Nigeria.

While noting the long-standing relationship between the Institute and the Ghana Parliament, Sulaiman said the institute would collaborate with other parliaments and parliamentary bodies on capacity building and democratic consolidation.

“I am indeed gratified that this relationship between the two countries and sister parliaments has continued to flourish,’’ he said.

The director-general said that the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the globe since 2019, halted the capacity building activities of the institute.

“But as the pandemic wound down, I wish to assure the delegation of our commitment to sharing our experience and expertise with the institute,’’ he said.

This, Sulaiman said, was especially in the area of providing continuing education for Members of Parliaments and parliamentary staff even as “we strive to enhance professionalism of staff, clerks of committees and legislative aides”.

Additionally, he said, the institute and the Ghana Parliament could collaborate and share experience and expertise in Legislative Drafting training programmes of the institute and relevant staff development.

Responding, the head of the Ghana delegation, Nketiah, said the study tour is an exchange of ideas and best practices between the Parliament of Ghana and parliaments of sister countries.

“We are here to interact with the human resource here with an objective of also strengthening our institution back home.

“We are of the Parliamentary Service Board of Ghana, the equivalent of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) of Nigeria.

“We are about to embark on some reforms in our parliamentary service. We’ve heard about the good stories about Nigeria. And we think that there are very good lessons that we can learn from here.

“We are interested in the functions of the NILDS of Nigeria. We also have a similar institution even though very young, called the Parliamentary Training Institute in Ghana.” (NAN)

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