DG, NILS, Tasks Parliamentary Staff, Sec. Gen. ECOWAS Parliament Draws Attention of Participants to the Consequence of Plagiarism

The Secretary General of ECOWAS Parliament has advised participants at the on-going 3-Day specialized Training Workshop on Report Writing in Lome, Togo, on the need to exhibit high ethical conduct in the discharge of their duties. Dr Nelson Magbagbeola who also doubled as a resource person, was speaking during the opening ceremony.

He enjoined participants to always be proactive in order to earn the respect of Parliamentarians. He admonished them to avoid the lazy practice of what he described as “copy and paste.”,

“All over the world, Parliamentary staff provide both technical and administrative support to Members of Parliament. The need to constantly update our knowledge and skill cannot be over emphasized. As experienced technocrats across the three linguistic groups of Anglophone, francophone and Lusophon, we must strive to earn the respect of our Parliamentarians. To do this, we should exhibit a high level of ethical conduct which includes, avoiding plagiarism in our report writing assignments. Avoid copy and paste and be original in your writing. Whenever you use materials other than yours, please give proper attribution”, he advised.

Earlier in a remark that was delivered on behalf of the Director General, NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, by the Deputy Director, Bills and Legislative Drafting, Dr. Shuiabu Dawanka, Hamalai asserted that, Parliamentary report writing is key to parliamentary effectiveness. She said the workshop on Specialized Report Writing Skills, aims at enhancing the competence and developing a range of essential writing and communication skills of Parliamentary Staff of ECOWAS Member-states.

She said that the National Institute for legislative Studies, NILS has remained a critical intellectual resource center for not only Nigeria’s National Assembly but parliaments in the West African sub-region.

She asserted that the Training Work Shop is expected to improve the proficiency of staff and produce a knowledge-driven workforce among Parliamentary staff across the Anglophone, Lusophone and Francophone countries.
She added that similar workshops have helped to enrich the wealth of Parliamentary database in the ECOWAS sub-region. Adding that, “NILS has successfully, implemented the first phase of NILS-Cap 1, which has completed the full cycle of (NILS Capacity Building Project, 1), and this workshop is part of the implementation of the first extension phase”.

She lauded the African Capacity Development Foundation for its support and commitment to the NILS-Cap project.
The African Capacity Development Foundation was established with the objective of helping to develop necessary local capacities of African countries, its membership has grown from 12 to 39 in the past 25 years.

Nigeria is a founding member of the ACBF, established as a partnership between African countries and their multilateral and bilateral development partners.
Participants for this workshop were drawn from ECOWAS Parliament, National Parliament of ECOWAS member-states, representing, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, La Cote D’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, and Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and the host country, Togo.