By Naomi Sharang
Director-General National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, has said that the selection of legislative aides by members of the parliament should be based on competence.
He made the remark at the end of a three-day capacity building workshop for Legislative Aides of federal lawmakers held in Abuja on Wednesday.
Sulaiman, who stated that the development of a country revolves around the legislative aides as workforce, urged the participants not to be seen as “errand boys”.
“This notion that aides to parliamentarians are just appointed or selected on patronage should be changed.
“We mustn’t be seen as errand boys. We must improve our capacity; we must enhance our capacity.
“Our workforce cannot do anything in terms of impacting on the nation if they are not well educated,” Sulaiman said.
He noted that before now, the training used to come once in a year or once in the lifetime of an assembly saying that the case was different with the ninth assembly.
“But in the last two years, we have discussed with the leadership of the National Assembly to increase the momentum; to change the dimensions; to change the scope and widen the number of recipients of the training.
“In the last nine months, we have been able to accomplish this task,” Sulaiman said.
The director-general also said that NILDS was the capacity-building organ of the National
“By extension, our services permeate down to the local level, not federal level alone. That is why in the last two years, our prominence, our feasibility is more felt at the sub-national parliament.”(NAN)