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N/Assembly, ACBF sign $1.1m agreement

The National Assembly and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) have signed a $1.1million project grant agreement for the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS).…

The National Assembly and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) have signed a $1.1million project grant agreement for the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS).

 Senate President Bukola Saraki, who signed on behalf of the National Assembly, stated that the NILS-CAP II, which targets capacity development in ECOWAS countries and the ECOWAS Parliament, would effectively facilitate the implementation of intra-regional trade among ECOWAS member states and effective financial oversight in the sub-region. 

Saraki also said other important sub-themes for consideration that have been identified in the project, include: Regional Trade: Resolution of challenges impeding effective trade integration; Security challenges in ECOWAS (Terrorism, Maritime Insecurity and Cattle herdsmen – Farmers Conflict on Pastoralism); Legislative actions for containment of small arms proliferation and terrorist financing; and Agricultural policies: Enhancing the value chain exports of agricultural produce;

Others are: Executive-Legislature relations on appropriation; Financial audit of public institutions: Lessons of experience; Issues in public financial management particularly relating to infrastructure financing; Compliance with prudential guidelines including base core principles, IFRS and electronic payments System standards; and the Role of parliament in monitoring and evaluation of PIDA Projects.

“As part of the programme, a platform would be created for legislators in the ECOWAS sub-region including Nigeria and other governance actors to discuss these daunting issues and to come up with practical solutions,” Saraki said.

He further stated that it has become imperative for sub-regional governments to prevent dumping and smuggling of goods into their countries, so as not to undermine the huge investment for domestic production. 

The Executive Secretary of ACBF, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, said implementation of the project, would further enhance the status of NILS as a national institution with regional outlook. 

The Director General of NILS, Professor Ladi Hamalai, said the National Assembly/NILS-ACBF collaboration over the years has helped to scale up legislative capacity development in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.





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