The commendable aspect of the event which l was privileged to attend was that rather than the usual expensive practice of sending people abroad for such seminars the local arrangement helped greatly to save cost. It achieved the set objectives because a large number of lawmakers both at the national and state levels including ECOWAS members turned up in large numbers for the two day event while the leadership of the National Assembly also graced the occasion to facilitate its success. The resource persons who were experts in areas of law and development emphasized the need to use international standard as the yardstick for the drafting of legislations. During the interactive sessions, the participants were encouraged to share ideas and experiences.
For me, the conference was quite educative. Certainly the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) recently set up to enhance parliamentary democracy through such educative programmes has started well and l implore other government agencies to emulate its example instead of wasting scarce resources in sending people abroad for programmes that can easily be put together here. We hope the Director General, Dr Ladi Hamalai who is a seasoned academic will continue this way as what we need now is the judicious utilization of resources by all.
Abdullahi Zakari Umar wrote this piece from Abuja, FCT