The Speaker urged his aides to go beyond the capacity building workshop by continuously learning and developing themselves in the course of discharging their responsibilities.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Tajudeen Abass, has pledged his commitment to ensure that capacity building for staff and members of the House of Representatives is a major hallmark of his tenure as Speaker.
He also stressed the need for employers to strengthen the capacity of their employees through training and retraining, which is a motivation for productivity that would enhance output in a work environment.
The Speaker made the pledge on Thursday, at the opening ceremony of a capacity-building workshop for senior legislative aides in his office, organised by the Office of the Speaker in collaboration with the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC).
Represented by the Clerk of the House, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria, the Speaker said the training is important for members of staff, adding that it was the first of such programme in the 10th House under his leadership as Speaker.
“Capacity building is a major motivation for productivity in any establishment. It is my avowed commitment to ensure that capacity building is a major hallmark of my tenure as Speaker, not only for staff but also for members of the House of Representatives.
“I want to take this medium to urge you to take every opportunity for training very seriously. The success of any establishment is dependent on the capacity and output of the drivers of that office. Today, you are the face of the Speaker’s office.”
The Speaker, who also stressed the need for employers to build the capacity of their employees through training and retraining, stated that the 10th House was ready to engage with development partners to provide targeted capacity programmes for members and staff.
While he hoped the training would strengthen their capacity for improved productivity and effective service delivery on their various desks, Abass further urged participants to continuously learn the code of ethics and public service rules in engaging themselves, in the course of discharging their responsibilities.
He expressed his appreciation to PLAC as the sponsors, “for this and many other interventions they have rendered to the House of Representatives and the National Assembly over the years.”
In his remark, the Executive Director of PLAC, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, noted that his organization has been collaborating with the National Assembly in terms of capacity building for many years.
Nwankwo added that PLAC has provided interventions to committees, management, and other supporting staff of the National Assembly with a view to enhancing their capacity.
He said PLAC would continue to collaborate with the Legislature to provide necessary support to enhance and deepen the democratic process in Nigeria.