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“A HISTORY MAKING EVENT” AT NILS
A ground breaking ceremony of the permanent site of the National Institute For Legislative Studies (NILS) was held in Abuja. The leadership of the National Assembly were in attendance, including Senate President David Mark, Speaker House of Reps, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Speaker Of Reps, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha and Senate Leader Ndoma Egba. Other dignitaries included Sen. Thompson Sekibo, Sen. Chris Nwankwo (Member, NILS Governing Council), Sen. Emmanuel Paulker (Member, NILS Governing Council), Sen. Akin Odunsi (Member, NILS Governing Council), Hon. John Enoh (Member, NILS Governing Council), Hon. Ali Ahmed (Member, NILS Governing Council), Alhaji Salusu Maikasuwa, Clerk of the National Assembly, Dr Ladi Hamalai, General of NILS and other senior Management staff of the Institute.
In his welcome address, Managing Director Of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, Mr. Wolfgang Goetsch, expressed the company’s gratitude on being chosen as the executor of the project which, in its first phase, will focus on core buildings like library, lecture theatre and administrative building. He said he was looking forward to the commissioning of the site in two years time.
Rt. Hon. Ihedioha, in his remarks, compared NILS to Ivy League institutes. ‘This is a history making event that will deepen the annals of our legislature’ he said as he commended the management of NILS and its Governing Council. He added that NILS has been nurtured to be the 'envy' of other institutions.
Chairman of the NILS Governing Council, Sen. Ekweremadu, explained that the ceremony was ‘setting a pace for the entrenchment of democracy in Africa’. The permanent site, which will host the institute, is a product of the vision of the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS). He said the goal of the project is to have the structures in place in two years time, so that the present leadership of NASS can witness and commission the site.
In his remarks, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, declared that 'history is being made'. He applauded the institute for its tremendous contribution to the legislature throughout the country and West Africa. He reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting NILS.
‘If you ask me, the happiest day of my life is today’, declared Sen. David Mark in his keynote address, explaining that this is the first project that is entirely a National Assembly initiative from inception to its actualisation. ‘We are satisfied that the drawing of the structure meets international standards’ he added. The Senate President implored the Director General of NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, to continue her good works and ensure that international best practices are upheld at the institute. He commended Rt. Hon. Ihedioha and Sen. Ekweremadu for their tireless work at NILS. He promised to monitor the project until it comes to its conclusion. Sen. David Mark led the leadership of NASS to commission the project.