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The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has charged members of the National Assembly (NASS) to make laws that have impact on the socio-economic and political realities of Nigerians.

Director-General of the Institute, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman gave the charge on Thursday at a seminar on ‘Strengthening the impact of laws in Nigeria through Post Legislative Scrutiny (PLS).’

The seminar which took place in Abuja was organised by the NILDS in collaboration with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

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Abubakar who was represented by NILDS Director, Democracy and Governance, Dr. Adewale Aderemi, noted that post-legislative scrutiny is a proactive way of looking at laws that were passed for a certain purpose to check out if it is serving the intended purpose or if it had unintended consequences.

According to Sulaiman, institutionalised PLS creates the environment for the Nigerian legislature in particular, and the government, to go the extra mile in ensuring that the laws they pass for Nigerians have real impact on their social, economic, and political realities. 

“This is particularly critical in light of numerous instances where laws passed, lack effective implementation and impact, and government activities are poorly monitored thereby having no real effect on improving the wellbeing and living condition of Nigerians.”

He, therefore, called on government at all levels to strive further towards entrenching the values of democratic governance.

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Abubakar further said that he would continue to provide the relevant support needed for PLS to become part of the statutory obligations within the Nigerian Legislative structures.

Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Ojo Amos, who was represented by Kamoru Ogunlana, Acting Secretary, Legal Services, at the National Assembly, said that the importance of PLS could not be overemphasised, as it was the required mechanism for measuring the impact of laws passed.

He noted that “Legislative Compliance Committees set up by both chambers of the National Assembly should be replicated at the state level.”

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