OrderPaperToday – A bill to amend the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies was withdrawn from the Senate.

The sponsors of the bill are: Senators Baba Kakai, Peter Nwabaoshi and Ahmad Lawan.

The bill read for the first time on the 17th of April this year was slated to be approved for second reading today.

Reading the lead debate on Wednesday, Senator Lawan indicated that the bill sought to create another permanent site for the institute which is to be located at Jikwoyi, Abuja.

It will also be named as the National Center of Excellence for Democratic Governance while establishing a management committee for effective utilization and maintenance of the centre.

He argued: “There is the need to put in place a mechanism of adequate maintenance culture and effective utilization of the facilities that will enchance sustainable revenue mobilisation.

“The new name will have a management committee that comprise of members from all arms of government to ensure effective maintenance of centre. This will amend section 21 of the principal act.”

The bill was however dismissed by his colleagues.

Senator Mao Ohuanbunwa noted that it is “unfortunate that I don’t see the need for this bill.”

According to him, the current building being used by the institute is yet to be completed.

Ohuanbunwa said: “We have not utilised the current building and we are talking about changing the name. Also, not too long ago, we amended this bill to read National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies. It was formally named Institute of Legislative studies. We should allow the institute to function for a while then we can now talk of renaming it.

“Additionally, we already have a board which the Senate President and the Speaker are part of and the Management headed by the DG for NILDS. So what is the essence?”

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu also remarked that the bill “will take us back to where we are coming from. We are trying to make it effective. This matter should be taken back to the governing council to have another look at it.”

Senator James Manager advised the Senate Leader to withdraw the bill saying, “the truth of the matter is that things emanating from NASS must be very serious to attract the assent of Mr. President.

“We cannot continue to be passing bills that are not very serious-this is one of them. The leader should withdraw it.”

In response to his colleagues contributions, Senator Lawan said: “I will loyally and honourably withdraw the bill.”


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