Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Apparently worried by the nonchalant attitude of the public towards the activities of the legislature, the National Assembly has begun moves aimed at incorporating legislative studies into academic curriculums in secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the country.
Already, the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) being the legislative institute in the country, has begun the process of developing the curriculum.
Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Sanusi Maikaswa, who disclosed this, at the finals of a quiz competition for senior secondary schools, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) organised by the NILS said the introduction of legislative studies will help to enhance democratic practice in Nigeria.
He said that the commitment of the National Assembly was to promote legislations that will make students in the country ultimate beneficiaries of far-reaching education reforms.
“It is edifying that secondary schools students are being exposed to democratic process through quiz competition. For me, it has demonstrated special place of children in our democracy and the need to acquaint them with the basic tenets of democratic governance.
“I wish to commend NILS for this novel initiative and encourage it to sustain its efforts at enlightening children of school age about legislature.
“I urge the schools to make learning of legislative history a tradition in your respective schools through encouragement in debate and other co-curricular activities that would help to promote democracy and improve knowledge,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Director General of the NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, said that the curriculum will be on democratic, legislative practice and procedure as well as political culture and development.
She said that the development was the only way of creating legislative interest that could lead to emergence of future legislators in the country.
The UNION reports that Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja emerged the winners of the competition, which started with 88 participating schools across the FCT.