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Elected politicians need legislative support staff to succeed – NASS Commission

The National Assembly Service Commission, NASC, has harped on the need for elected politicians to collaborate with legislative support staff.

Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), Engineer Ahmed Kadi-Amshi, said the elected politicians need legislative support staff to succeed in their lawmaking duties.

Kadi-Amshi spoke on Tuesday at the opening of a three-day intensive training with the theme: ‘Enhancing capacity in Legislative services.’

He noted that Nigeria could not have robust legislation without the support staff.

Kadi-Amshi reiterated the need for regular Training of supportive staff in the legislative arm of government, stressing that it would ensure effective impartation of knowledge on elected politicians who may or may not have the expertise of lawmaking.

The NASC Chairman, who was represented by the Commissioner from North East, Abubakar Tutare, said training staff of the National Assembly would benefit the entire country as they play a critical role in lawmaking.

He said: “Training is a priority under my tenure as chairman of NASC, because it is only in Training and retraining that we can develop the capacity of our staff, and the need to develop capacity cannot be over-emphasized.

“Where we are in the National Assembly where laws are made for the country; there laws are made by elected politicians who may or may not have the knowledge or expertise of lawmaking.

“For them to be successful, they will need your (Legislative support staff) contribution and guidance and so the need the necessary Training in law drafting for good governance is very necessary.

“The National Assembly Service Commission will at all times give support to issues of staff training to develop capacity.”

Also speaking at the event, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria, pointed out that the Bureaucracy has already engaged experienced Nigerians and foreign experts that will provide technical support for core legislative staff.

“I recognize and salute the Consultants who have assembled eminent and very sound resource persons ready to deliver their lectures, share their experiences and interact with staff,” he said.

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