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Akpabio Rates NILDS As Nigeria’s Own Cambridge, Harvard

The President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has rated the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), as Nigeria’s Cambridge and Harvard Universities as far as legislative training is concerned.

Akpabio who made the comparison at the permanent site of the Institute in Abuja on Friday, said the infrastructure and conducive environment provided for teaching and learning, akin to what are obtainable in Cambridge, Harvard and other top rated Universities in the world.

According to the President of the Senate, “The Institute’s impressive facilities, vision and focus, make it a very significant potential contributor to Nigerian democracy.

“With this infrastructure, Nigerians no longer need to travel overseas for legislative training. This is our own Cambridge and Harvard”, he said.

Akpabio was accompanied on the visit by the leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Osita Ngwu, Senator Asuquo Ekpenyong, and Senator Adetokunbo Abiru.

At the event, the Director General of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, unveiled NILDS’ latest publication, “25 Years of Democracy and Development in Nigeria,” which features a foreword by the President of the Senate.

The publication chronicles Nigeria’s democratic journey and development since 1999.

In a similar development, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Maimounatou Ibrahima visited NILDS to seek the institute’s assistance in the capacity development of parliamentarian and their support staff.

The Director-General, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, assured her of the Institute’s readiness to provide its services to the ECOWAS Parliament, emphasizing their commitment to the advancement and overall well-being of the sub-region.

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