Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five-day Regional Workshop for Parliamentary Staff of Ghana; Gambia; Nigeria; & ECOWAS Opens in Accra

Gilbert Atta-Boakye, Facilitator
Accra, Ghana – In an attempt to redefine work ethics across the sub-region, a five-day workshop to enhance the performance of parliamentary administrators and technical staff by equipping them with requisite skills to adopt Resource-Based Management (RBM) practices has opened in Accra.

In a statement read on behalf of the Director-General of the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), Dr.Ladi Hamalai, at the workshop, the DG explained there was a “need for parliaments to be more accountable for their performance than ever before.” It was therefore imperative to adopt “coherent approaches that join up performance monitoring at micro and macro level for value maximization.”

The statement added the topic for the workshop is “apt particularly given that democracies are premised on the idea that citizens can hold their leaders accountable.” Dr.Hamalai further enjoined participants to apply the new skills they would acquire in setting defined goals, track and measure performance indicators.”

The Director of Operations of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Dr.Coffi Nouman said “Parliaments do not only provide avenues for citizen’s participation in decision-making process, but ensure effective and efficient financial governance, hence the need to make parliamentary institutions strong, vibrant & result-driven.”

On his part, the representative of the Secretary-General of ECOWAS Parliament Amuta J Onogwu averred the workshop will “sharpen administrative and technical skills of legislative staff.”
The workshop covers discussion on a wide range of issues, including: Introduction to Results-Based Management Concepts and trends; understanding the general concepts of management approaches, specific indicators, development and use of results frameworks for Parliaments and results-Based Management and Parliamentary Results Chain.

The workshop is organized by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), which is the foremost, effective and credible regional institution with counterpart funding from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In the last four years, it has remained committed to scaling up legislative capacity development and deepening institutional memory of West African legislature.

Emmanuel.K.Bensah/Africa in Focus Show/National Institute for Legislative Studies National Assembly


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