Dr. Ladi Hamalai

Director General, NILS
Dr. Ladi Hamalai

The Director-general is the chief executive officer of the Institute and is responsible, along with the Management Board, for the day-to-day running of the Institute. The DG is assisted by a core of directors, managers and other cadres of staff in the Research, Training and Administration Departments. The holder of the office of the Director-General is at least a permanent secretary in the civil service. In addition to the five main departments, there are Ten (10) units under the Office of the Director-General, namely: DG Unit, Legal Services, Internal Audit, Protocol and Corporate Affairs, ICT, Publication, Procurement, Monitoring and Evaluation and Liaison and Consultancy Services.

  • ICT Unit

    ICT Unit

    The ICT activities of the Institute is organized through a unit under the office of the Director-General with appropriate complement of staff. The unit assist the Institute to maintain the website, intranet or internet systems. It continues with PARP activities in the area of organizing the Assembly's Management Information Systems (MIS

    • Supervision of implementation of all IT installations;
    • Operation and maintenance of the Institute's ICT facilities;
    • Organising the National Assembly's management information systems and assisting the legislative body to discharge its functions efficiently and effectively;
    • Preparation of technical brief for National Assembly/NILS websites and its implementation;
    • Collaborating with the Training Department to implement ICT-related training activities; and
    • Other IT related services that may be required from time to time.
  • Audit Unit

    Audit Unit

    The Internal Audit function is very crucial in any organization as it helps to ensure internal control, and efficient and effective use of resources. Therefore, the unit is located in the office of the Director-General manned with appropriate complements of staff.

    Specific Functions of the Audit Unit:

    • Planning and executing internal audit programmes with a focus on operations, accounting/finance, information technology, project management and security;
    • Reviewing and assessing the following: compliance with policies, rules and regulations and procedures; reliability and integrity of information; economical and effective use of resources; and other policies and procedures in place aimed at safeguarding project's assets from loss, waste and abuse;
    • Executing detailed audit procedures, including reviewing transaction, documents, records, reports and policies and procedures for accuracy and effectiveness;
    • Assessing risks and determining the effectiveness of internal controls and the potential impact on internal control deficiencies;
    • Identifying opportunities and making recommendations for enhancement of processes, procedures and policies to improve internal control efficiency and effectiveness;
    • Conducting interviews with key personnel and gathering information for testing the effectiveness of processes and controls and performing detailed reviews to validate processes and controls;
    • Preparing detailed reports on findings and recommendations and communicating the results of audit projects via written reports to the management organs;
    • Conducting investigations of possible cases of fraud, waste and abuses;
    • Provision of assistance to the Accounts Division in the planning of External Audits and implementation of audit recommendations;
    • Monitoring the status of implementation of audit recommendations;
    • Carrying out of ad hoc control reviews for management as may be required;
    • Preparing and submitting internal audit reports to management periodically;
    • Providing proactive advice and assistance to management with respect to control matters; and
    • Other functions as may be assigned by the Director-General.
  • Corporate Affairs And Protocol

    Corporate Affairs And Protocol

    This unit is also under the Office of the Director-General. It is headed by a manager supported by appropriate complement of staff. It provides public relations services and media support to the Institute and National Assembly, and advice on matters relating to outreach, networking, advocacy. It also works to enhance the credibility and visibility of PARP and NASS at National and International levels.

    • Organizing media coverage of NILS programs and activities;
    • Sensitizing stakeholders about NILS activities and mobilizing their effective participation;
    • Promote the visibility of NILS at national and international levels;
    • Production and circulation of NILS newsletters/bulletins;
    • Circulation of all NILS publications;
    • Developing and organizing linkages with national and international media organizations;
    • Reporting on the reportage of NASS/NILS activities in print and electronic media; and
    • other duties as may be assigned by the NILS management.
  • Legal Services

    Legal Services Unit

    This is a unit in the Director-General's office. The head of this unit serves as secretary to the Management Board.

    • Serving as secretariat for the Management Board;
    • Provision of legal and other services to the Institute; and
    • Performance of other functions that may be assigned by the Director-General.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Unit

    Monitoring & Evaluation Unit

    Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) Unit is under the office of the Director General. It has, amongst other tasks, the responsibility of ensuring that the Institute's activities are tracked and reported. The Unit equally tracks the activities of the Information, Management, Research, Library/Documentation and ICT sectors of the Institute as specified by the NILS Work plan. Evaluation results compiled by this Unit ultimately aids in making considerations as to whether the Institute will continue or adjust some of its strategies and activities. Furthermore, reports/information gathered by this Unit helps the Institute to develop a feedback mechanism to stakeholders (Legislators and Management of the National Assembly). The Unit also ascertains the implementation status of programs, the quality and other related details of the Institute’s activities as against the set targets, expected outcomes and strategies adopted by the Work Plan/ Strategic plan.

  • Information Unit

    Information Unit

    Headed by a Communications Adviser who reports directly to the Director General, the Information and Communications Unit of the National Institute for Legislative Studies plays a key role in how stakeholders, partners, employees and the general public perceive the Institute. With media relations as the benchmark of its functions, spanning across writing and distributing news releases and responding to media inquiries, the Unit dabbles into the waters of public relations, crisis communications and employee communications. It suggests new initiatives to keep the Institute on the cutting edge of communications with the stakeholders, it oversees planning for news conferences, track news and stories to follow up media mention of the Institute as well as initiate strategies to address misinformation.

    The Unit takes its task further by building relationships with stakeholders and partners; in this regard, production of newsletters is carried out for circulation to the general public and content management of the Institute’s Website, Twitter handle, Facebook and Blog are carried out.The Information and Communications Unit of the National Institute for Legislative Studies does not only minister to the external communication need of the Institute but takes it deeper to ensure effective and timely qualitative internal communication, engagement and feedback which includes writing emails to circulate Institute’s activities. Moreover, it interacts and partners with diverse audiences against the backdrop of communicating the ideals and work of the Institute to the world.