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Lagos Assembly Passes Legislative Research Institute Bill

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Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill for the establishment of Institute of Legislative Studies and Research.

The Bill is in consideration of the state’s version of the Institute of Legislative Studies as being established at the national level.

The passage followed a third reading by the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. (Hon) Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni.

With the passage, the proposed Institute of Legislative Studies will be the first state Institute in Nigeria to be backed by law.

It would be recalled that in May 2021 during the public hearing on the Bill, the Director of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies, Abuja, Dr. Shuaib Danwaka, said that the institute is predicated on the need to provide training for lawmakers and legislative staff.

Danwaka, who was the guest speaker at the event commended the Assembly for following the footsteps of the Federal Government, while arguing that democracy is sustained through capacity development.

The bill, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, shows that the proposed institute will be charged with the responsibility of conducting quality academic and professional research, training and advocacy on democratic governance, legislative practices, procedures and for connected purposes.

According to the bill, the institute would act as a centre of excellence for research and publication on democratic governance as well as be a centre for continuing education on democracy and legislation.

Among other functions, the institute is to “conduct courses for all categories of legislative officers and the support staff with a view to expanding their overall knowledge and performance in different sections of service;

“Provide continuing education for all categories of legislative officers by undertaking, organising, conducting and facilitating studies, courses, lectures, seminars, workshops, conference and other programmes related to Legislative education;

“Promote and disseminate among legislative Assemblies and Local Governments in the State the practice of science-based methodologies of lawmaking.”

Meanwhile, the House also screened two nominees from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The nominees are Sikiru Salami for the Permanent Secretary/Auditor-General and Ogunlana Musa for the Permanent Secretary/Auditor-General, Unified Local Government Services.

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