By Felix Khanoba
The Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Ladi Hamalai, has called for the completion of the institute’s permanent site to solve the problem of space, which has been a major challenge to its post-graduate programmes.
Prof. Hamalai made the call in Abuja during the matriculation ceremony of 45 new students for the various post-graduate programmes of the institute in affiliation with University of Benin.
The new intakes, according to the DG, are the fifth set to be enrolled for various democratic/legislative capacity building courses being run by the school.
Hamalai urged the students to take their studies seriously even as she appealed to heads of the various departments in the National Assembly to allow staff undergoing courses with the institute to attend lectures.
While saying that the institute has put in place a policy that require 70 per cent class attendance for every students before being allowed to sit for examination, the NILDS boss said the move would go a long way in encouraging more class attendance.
She expressed hope that the completion of the institute’s permanent site would be a major boost to its programmes.
“It is our belief that these constraints would be unlocked with the completion of the permanent site of the Institute along Airport Road in Abuja,” she said.
The Vice Chancellor of University of Benin represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Professor Pius Iribhogbe, formally admitted the matriculants as post-graduate students of the institution during the event.
The VC, however, said that the convocation ceremony for students of the Institute would no longer be conducted in Benin but at the National Assembly in Abuja.