OrderPaperToday – The Director General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Ladi Hamalai, has exited the organization following the expiration of her tenure.
This was however, not without some ripples as she had made moves to remain as head of the institute almost two weeks after her tenure was said to have officially lapsed.
According to a press statement by the Communications Adviser of NILDS, Nwajei Kanayo, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Governing Council, made the announcement in a letter dated 10th of May.
Ladi Hamalai has been at the saddle of the institute since its days as Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), the precursor organization that transformed to the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) before eventually becoming NILDS last year.
But OrderPaperNG exclusively gathered that the former DG was fervently lobbying for tenure elongation and had schemed stridently to be in charge of the commissioning of the permanent site of NILDS along airport road in Abuja which she had fixed for 20th of May.
The commissioning has however been put off, findings reveal.
According to the letter of the Senate President, the DG was directed to hand over to Director, Research and Training, Dr. Adeyemi Fajingbesi. The handover was done at a meeting of top management of the institute in a rather hush manner that ensured staff of the institute were kept in the dark.
The tenure of the former DG was mired in several controversies. Several staff such as Kanayo Oguijiba, who wrote a petition against her for accepting two different jobs against the code of conduct of civil servants, was fired by the former DG in murky circumstances.
According to a report by ICIR, Oguijiba also accused the former DG of vicitimising him due to his knowledge of an alleged plagiarism charge against her by a foreign publishing company.
Insiders also informed OrderPaperNG of serious supremacy battle between the former DG and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Omolori. The removal of the function of organizing the induction ceremony of elected members of the national assembly from NILDS has been cited as a fall-out of the frosty relationship between them.
Hamalai joined PARP as the first project coordinator between 2004-2008 and 2008 – 2011 and subsequently became the pioneer Director General of NILS, following the establishment of the Institute as the knowledge-management organ of the National Assembly, by an Act of Parliament in 2011.
She served two terms of 4 years each, as the DG between 2011 and 2019, under the 7th and the 8th National Assembly. During her second term, the National Institute for Legislative Studies, through an Amendment Act of the National Assembly transformed into the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.