The United States embassy in Nigeria, on Wednesday, offered to equip the library of the Nigeria’s National Assembly.
This was disclosed by the political affairs officer, Robert Kerr, during a discussion with legislative aides at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.
The session was organized by the US Embassy and Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement, YIAGA, as part of Young Legislators Accountability Project, YLAPNG.
It was organised for aides of young Nigerian legislators who are not more than 40 years of age.
Mr. Kerr pledged America’s readiness to equip the National Assembly library, following complaints by the legislative aide that the library is “moribund”, “not well equipped” and “not adequate for research”.
They expressed disappointment that they had to depend of external libraries to carry out their duties for their principals.
“The Embassy will be interested in equipping the library with devices and books,” Mr. Kerr noted.
According to YIAGA’s Head of Research and Advocacy, Samson Itodo, the session was convened to assess the needs, gaps and challenges of parliamentary aides in the discharge of their duties.
Besides library, another challenge mentioned by the aides was poor capacity building.
They admitted to not being properly trained in the areas of legislative draft, policy analysis and other areas of their duties. They lamented that their induction program only came six months after they had assumed duty.