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The Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Olarewaju Sulaiman has pledged that the Institute will continue to partner with the Media as critical stakeholders in any democracy.
The DG made this known when he played host on Friday, September 13, 2019 to a delegation from House of Representatives Press Corps, led by the Chairman, Mrs. Grace Ike. He said a world class Institution as NILDS cannot but be visible.
Responding to questions from the team of journalists, Prof. Sulaiman promised to extend its training services to journalists assigned to cover parliamentary activities; adding that being a unique terrain, not all journalists can effectively, accurately and objectively report Legislative businesses and procedures.
While emphasizing on the need for relevant democratic institutions to build strong ties with media for purposes of political communication, the DG said the media have a serious role to play in correcting all negative notions, misconceptions and misinformation about the legislature. He informed that NILDS is the institution established by the Federal Government to serve as the capacity development hub of the legislature and indeed other democratic institutions not only in Nigeria, but in the African region.
He added that attention would be paid to providing Legislative education for parliamentary journalists, especially in the area of budgetary processes. "It is important for us to understand that the budget document is not an economic, but a political one" he stressed.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mrs. Ike appreciated the DG for a record achievements within his 100 days in office, said it is indeed laudable. She also commended the DG for the initiative of proposing to establish 'Democracy radio station' adding that the radio station will further bridge the communication gap that exists between the legislature and citizens.
She seized the moment to implore the DG to support members of the press corps to acquire advanced experience by participating in training programmes on inter-parliamentary engagements.
The chairman implored the DG to use his good office to assist the House of Representatives Press Corps to establish its own website for robust and unhindered online information dissemination.
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