PACFaH@Scale meeting with Director General-National Institute for Legislative & Democratic Studies
The National Institute of Legislative and Democrat Studies, NILDS, has pledged to consolidate policy reforms started by the former administration of the institute with the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health at Scale, PACFaH@Scale, as part of the strategic partnership to build consensus around healthcare reforms in Nigeria.
NILDS has been a partner since 2014 when the PACFaH project started before its scaling in 2017.
The Director-General of the institute, Professor Abubakar Suleiman, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the PACFaH@Scale project led by the Senior Technical Advisor, Dr Stanely Ukpai.
The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) is an organ of the National Assembly established by an Act of Parliament. President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the National Institute for Legislative Studies Act 2011 on March 2nd, 2011 following the passage of the same by the Senate and the House of Representatives The Institute also provides capacity development services to democratic Institutions and governance in Nigeria.
The Director-General said the federal government of Nigeria will prioritize the funding of the health sector in the proposed 2020 budget which will soon be sent to the National Assembly before the end of September. He added that the institute as a premier capacity-building center for legislators at the state, federal and even ECOWAS levels, is open to strategic partnerships that will support policy reforms in Nigeria.
‘As one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, NILDS supports the sustenance of dynamic and effective Legislature in Nigeria at the Federal, States and Local government levels, and the ECOWAS sub-region in general and we are ready to continue to collaborate with partners like you to consolidate these reforms’ He said.
Professor Suleiman added that collaborations like this have been encouraged as a cardinal objective of the institute to promote critical sectors, especially the health sector.
‘As an agency created to build the capacities of the legislators, we encourage partnerships with non-profit like you and e look forward to expanding this existing relationship for a better 9th national assembly’ He added.
While assuring that NILDS has taken the relationship with non-profits as sacrosanct, he said a Professor of Medicine will soon join the leadership for the institute to take charge of collaborations and relationship such as the dRPC-NILDS partnership.
‘NILDS has engaged a Professor of Medicine to enable us to boost the healthcare delivery, workout partnerships with groups like you, focus on healthcare reforms and create a unit that will concentrate on promoting healthcare delivery as a legislative agenda’ He said.
Under the new reforms, according to him, NILDS will conduct workshops on health reforms for legislators at the national, states and local government levels. A roundtable for the senate and House of Representatives committees on health will also be organized to set in holistic reforms of the sector as a legislative agenda.
‘We are seeking to build a sustainable partnership that will not only concentrate on the National Assembly but will consider creating partnerships with donors with the state assemblies’ He further said
Earlier, Dr Stanley Ukpai said the project is ready to support the institute to implement their work plan as requested.
He disclosed that dRPC, under the first phase of PACFaH, had supported the senate committee on health to travel to South Africa to study legislative processes that led to the appropriation of the 1% consolidated revenue fund into the 2019 budget. A feat he said that, has today, led to the proposal of the fund as a statutory release from 2020.
At the end of the visit, the Director Research of the Institute, Professor Muhammed Ladan revealed the areas of partnership the institute hopes to sign with the PACFaH@Scale project. These are:
- To focus on healthcare law reviews and reform in the national assembly, senate and committee members of health.
- To organize a roundtable for the senate and members of the House of Representative health committee.
- Organize a training workshop for the senate and house committee legislative aides, staffs and clerks on health budget proposals.
- Update and publication of all dRPC-NILDS health-related bills drafted/analyzed/scrutinized into one single publication for the guidance of the National Assembly and CSOs and others.
Highlight of the visit was the assurance of the DG that a final agreement will be signed with PACFaH@Scale detailing a timeline for the implementation of the partnership.