The majority of these women have participated in NILD, making it the most impactful program in the history of community colleges on preparing women leaders.
NILD has been going strong for 34 years and is probably the oldest program of its kind ever created.
Although data on participants and their progress have not always been up to date, in 1996 program directors indicated there had been more than 3,500 "graduates" of NILD, of which 150 had become presidents and 953 had become deans or vice presidents.
According to a press release issued by the Spokesperson for the Speaker, Comrade Abdul Burra copies of which was made available to newsmen, the Speaker gave the charge during the opening ceremony of a two-day Workshop on legislative duties organized for members of the State Assembly by the Bauchi State Government in collaboration with National Institute for Legislative and Democracy Studies (NILDS
) in Kano.
The bill, which has now become the 2018 Amendment Act, provides the legal basis upon which the institute is now described and referred to as National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
At a recent engagement in Abuja where the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, Honourable Aminu Shagari and Professor Hamalai jointly addressed the media on the institute's expanded mandate, she (Hamalai) was confident that if the NILDS programmes were properly focused, they would impact positively on the ongoing democratic processes and ultimately culminate in the building of virile democratic structures and institutions that would advance party politics and electoral process in the country through sustainable manpower training and/or capacity building.
While NIPSS, for instance, conducts courses for top-level policy makers and executors drawn from different sectors of the country, with a view to widening their outlook and perspectives on issues and improving their conceptual capacity, quality of analysis and decision making, among others, NILDS is equipped to promote critical research materials and policy insights as background materials for committees of the National Assembly; improve the capacity of legislators to sustain and consolidate democratic governance through deliberation and policy formulation; and, improve the technical capacity of legislative staff, committee secretaries and political aides to process appropriation bills and policy oversight of the executive.