By Seun Aweda
LEGISREPORTS NG – Amidst calls by civil society organizations and pressure groups on the need to reduce the budget of the National Assembly, which is higher than the budget of more than 15 states, the Director General, National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Dr. Ladi Hamalai has stated that the N120 billion budget out of the over N4 trillion national budget is not much of a large sum to run the legislative arm of government.
Speaking at an interactive session with media bureau chiefs on Tuesday in Abuja, Hamalai said N120 billion is not too much to appropriate to the legislature considering that the amount is distributed among the Senate, House of Representatives, National Assembly Management, National Assembly Service Commission, the National Institute for Legislative Studies and the National Assembly Budget and Research Office.
The Director General of the legislative institute at the media parley identified common misconceptions about the National Assembly, the role of the legislature, assessing the performance of NASS: the facts, annual budget, salaries and allowances of legislators in context, profile of Committees oversight activities in the National Assembly, NILS and its activities as well as practical steps and strategies to address misconception about the legislature.
She highlighted common misconceptions about the National Assembly to include; poor performance, jumbo salaries and allowances, lack of integrity, indiscipline, corrupt and insensitive.
Dr. Hamalai said the approval job rating of legislators in Africa is 40% to 50% according to Afrobarometer, and that research has revealed that legislators are not trusted globally, with 70% to 80% of the population having distrust for politicians, especially legislators.
On the activities of the legislative institute, the Director General revealed that more than 500 personnel are trained annually and close to 400 training programmes are implemented annually by the Institute in collaboration with training institutions across the globe.
She added that the institute currently provides training to most African countries since it is established to serve the entire African Continent.
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