Against the backdrop of an expanded scope of operations, the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) established in 2011 by the National Assembly has been renamed National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
Consequently, and to reflect the institute’s overall objectives, its Governing Council has approved the processing of an Amendment Bill to that effect.
The decision was part of the resolutions of the Council after its meeting, which was chaired by the council chairman and President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday at the National Assembly complex.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Director-General of the Institute, Dr. Ladi Hammalai, who spoke on behalf of Senator Saraki, said since its establishment in 2011, NILS has steadily progressed to have acquired national and international visibilities, adding that the Institute has also increased its effectiveness in providing support services to legislators.
“My Vision of NILS providing intellectual resources and drafting services on a daily basis to legislators is gradually being realized. This has given me, the Alternate Chairman and the Members of the Governing Council the confidence that the Institute is ready to expand its scope of service as provided for in the Establishment Act.
“To support the assumption of expanded scope of service, the Council considered and approved the establishment of the Department for Democratic Studies. The department may be expanded into a Center in future. Additionally and owing to growth of NILS.
“Postgraduate Programmes and the possible start of a Higher National Diploma in 2017, the Council also approved the establishment of a Department for Post Graduate Studies.
“To reflect its overall objectives, the Council approved the processing of an Amendment Bill to change the Institute’s name to National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies’ (NILDS),” she said.
Hammalai added that the expected outcome of the developments in NILS operating capacity and structure on democratic governance would be much appreciated as it is expected that quality enhancement of democratic processes in the country would result from the widening and deepening of capacity development in the wider political space.