National Development: Institute calls for Executive, Legislative synergy
Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), has stressed the need for synergy between the executive and legislative arms of government.
The Director-General of the Institute, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman expressed made the call during a two-day capacity building workshop organised by NILDS for members of Kwara State House of Assembly on Wednesday.
He said the operators of the two arms of government at all levels of governance must work hand in hand to bring out the desired development across the country.
Sulaiman attributed the growth and successes being witnessed in Kwara State to the cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state.
He added said that the relationship between the two arms of government in the state has not only been cordial, but productive.
“The executive-legislative relationship has not undermined the independence of the Assembly as an embodiment of the common will of the people. Little wonder that the state remains the most peaceful state in northern Nigeria.“
According to him, the achievements of the State Assembly are, in part due to the harmonious intergovernmental relations, which has resulted in people-oriented legislations.
The Director-General stated that for example, in 2021, the Assembly passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law to address the challenge of domestic violence and other socio-cultural and political issues in the state stressing that this action alone has placed Kwara in the league of the few states that have adopted this important legislation, which was passed by the National Assembly in 2015
Sulaiman said that NILDS had conducted training activities for about thirty Assemblies in the past two and half years, adding that, “we have interfaced with over 15 State Assemblies and trained hundreds of legislators, staff and aides under the NILDS-KAS partnership alone.
“Our interventions have not been restricted to legislators only, but also the bureaucracy of the legislature, specialised departments such as official reporters and State Assembly Service Commissions.“
In his paper, titled, “Legislative Agenda: Its principles, development and overriding importance,“ the President of the Nigeria Political Science Association (NPSA), Professor Hassan Salihu advised members of the Kwara State House of Assembly to tailor their legislative agenda towards enhancement of security and poverty reduction.
Salihu also said that some priority areas of the legislators should include youth employment, improvement in education, and even distribution of infrastructure.
The don added that other areas of priority to be focused on by the lawmakers should include the need to grow the revenue of the state and provision of the legislative framework for the executive
The workshop had in attendance the state Governor, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi and other lawmakers.