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Legislative Motions Must Meet Aspiration Of Nigerians, Expert Tells NASS



A legislative expert, from the National Institute of Legislative and Development Studies (NIALDS), Ibrahim Usman, has told the National Assembly that legislative motions to be considered at both the Senate and House of Representatives must meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.

Ibrahim stated this at a technical training organised by Youth Initiative For Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) AFRICA’s Centre of Legislative Engagement on Monday.

According to him, “Motions are important business that facilitate legislative practices and procedures and are often used on matters that do not require bill process.

“Motions should be well research and drafted to provide good basis of legislative resolution that may meet the yearnings and aspiration of Nigerians.”

As part of its effort to promote democracy and enhance capacity of Committee Staff and Lawmakers to effectively discharge their legislative function in compliance with democratic principles and standards, YIAGA AFRICA’s Centre of Legislative Engagement on Monday conducted technical training on motion drafting and minute writing for the clerks of six committees of the National Assembly.

The training which was held in Abuja had 12 staff of various committees which includes House Committees of Youth and  Women Affairs

Speaking during the training, senior programme officer of YIAGA AFRICA’s CLE, Yetunde Bakare said, “The aim of the training is to build the capacity of staff of the various committees in motion drafting and minute writing to ensure more effective work of the committees and strengthening the institutional memory of the National Assembly especially in documentation.

According to Mrs Bakare, YIAGA AFRICA’s CLE with the Support of the European Union through its EU Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) project had initially organised an induction workshop, inviting clerks from the six committees to identify their capacity building needs and discuss their priorities.