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National Assembly Institute to Award Doctorate, Says DG

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The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), an arm of the National Assembly, has stated that it would soon upgrade its programmes, to commence the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The institute started the award of Master degree programmes on parliamentary related courses about six years ago.

The Director-General of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, revealed the plan for the award of doctoral degrees by the Institute yesterday in Abuja in his speech at the ninth matriculation ceremony held at the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.

The planned academic programme, according to the NILDS boss, is being done in collaboration with the management of Federal University Lokoja.

He said: “Recently a delegation from Federal University Lokoja visited the Institute for academic collaborations, especially at the level of doctorate. Talks are on-going between the two institutions in order to seal pact.”

Sulaiman stated further that the various academic programmes being run by the Institute have impacted greatly on legislative practices in the country both at the federal and state levels.

He said: “Over the years, the number and quality of students being admitted to the various academic programmes of the Institute have been on the rise.

“This is a confirmation of the relevance of these programmes and the impact they have had on successive students, which have inspired more people to join.

“I am delighted to report that the successes and achievements of the Institute in all areas of capacity development have made NILDS not only a national but also an international model for a successful parliamentary support institution.

“In the last two years, the Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a law establishing a Legislative Institute. Similar bills are under consideration in other state Houses of Assembly, including Delta State.

“At the continental level, the Parliament of Benin Republic has established a Parliamentary Institute modelled after NILDS. A delegation from the parliament visited the Institute a few months ago to understudy our system and learn from our experience and success story.

‘Similarly, we have received parliamentary delegations from various African countries, including Ghana and Uganda. Recently, the Regional Parliament of Ethiopia approached us for a benchmarking visit due to hold at the end of this month.”

No fewer than 20 out of the 80 candidates who matriculated are to undergo Master degree courses in Legislative Studies; 15 in Elections and Party Politics; seven in Parliamentary Administration; 18 in Law; 17 for Post Graduate Diploma in Electrical and Political Party Management; nine for Higher National Diploma in Parliamentary Administration; and four for Higher National Diploma in Official Reporting.

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2023: Kwara PDP and Fake Campaign Promises- Adebayo Faruk

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Since political campaigns have begun proper, the Kwara state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made series of fake campaign promises that Kwarans have welcomed with derision. The recent one was made by the state Publicity Secretary Mr. Tunji Moronfoye. He said PDP would restore the dignity of civil servants if given the opportunity to govern the State in 2023. In the release, he accused the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration of making mess of civil servants’ dignity.

It’s public knowledge that it was Tunji Moronfoye’s PDP that made mess of the dignity of the state’s civil servants. PDP treated civil servants like overused clothes and made them suffer for being diligent and patriotic. It was in the Saraki’s inglorious 20 years that the civil servants were made to work for 30 days only to be paid geri-gedi salaries (amputated salaries), and sometimes no pay at all. Still, workers dare not protest the inhumaneness. Of course, Kwara PDP ruled with iron fist.

Kwara PDP didn’t only owe civil servants salaries, it also halted their promotions. PDP was in power when APC-led federal government implemented the N30,000 minimum wage but it didn’t implement it because it’s committed to desecrating the dignity of the civil servants.

Thanks to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for revamping the dignity of civil servants since he assumed office. The civil servants are no longer in doubt if they would receive their full salaries at the end of the month. The current state government pays salaries as and when due. It implemented the N30,000 minimum wage PDP couldn’t implement. It’s promoting civil servants who are due for promotion. To encourage state’s workers, this government offers the best civil servants gifts and prizes, including a motor car.

If Mr. Tunji Moronfoye wants to be sincere with Kwarans and do away with fake campaign promises, he’ll acknowledge that the AbdulRazaq-led administration is delivering on its campaign promises to civil servants. It’s a known fact that civil servants have been better under the current state government compared to under the Saraki led People’s Democratic Party.

Like other PDP’s fake campaign promises, Tunji Moronfoye has hinted civil servants that the PDP government would return them to the sorry state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq met them from by returning to former Governor Ahmed’s legacy of geri-gedi. This is more reason why Kwarans and most especially civil servants shouldn’t vote to have a PDP government that will inflict pains on them and comfort its party loyalists with their salaries.

Adebayo Faruk writes from Oke-Ose, Ilorin, Kwara state

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Kwara State Govt Set To Reward Excellence In Students

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The Kwara State Government through the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Affairs is set to reward academic excellence and worthy character among Kwara State students, both in the state and beyond.

Fidel Info reports that this gesture is aimed at enhancing the efforts of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led administration in putting the welfare of Kwara students first and encouraging excellence for growth and societal development as this is coming few days after the e-payment of students bursary was flagged-off. (more…)

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Kwara Govt Approves Scholarship For Nigerian Law Students

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Kwara State Government has approved scholarship for Kwara Students in Nigerian Law accross the Country.

Fidel Info reports that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore made this known today in ilorin,while Congratulating the Law School Graduands on their Call-to-Bar Ceremony at the instance of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and the Government of Kwara State.

Dr Abolore reiterated the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Administration’s high level Commitment at ensuring Students welfare are treated with priority attention. This is coming while disbursement of the bursary to kwara state students is also ongoing.

He Congratulated the Graduands on their achievements and charged them to be good ambassadors of the State at various levels

Dr Abolore assured that the Ministry in collaboration with the State Scholarship  board would take swift action to ensure that disbursement is offered to the beneficiaries anytime soon

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