December 2, 2022

Plateau Councillors Build Capacity for Better Legislature

Local government lawmakers in Plateau State are undergoing a 3day capacity building workshop to better their legislative understanding for good governance.

The workshop organized by the Plateau State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in collaboration with Plateau State Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON,is holding at the ITF Centre for Excellence Bukuru, Jos, the State Capital.

A cross section of participants at the workshop

Presenting the objective of the workshop to the participants, Principal Legislative Officer of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mr. Mafeng David Bot, said the workshop aims at steering collaborative approach and building on the synergy between the Legislative Arm and the Executive Arm of Government.

He said it will also help the Legislators to understand the role and process of Legislature and also to understand section 7 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the Plateau State Local Government Law.

One of the resource persons and member representing Pankshin North State Constituency, Philip Dasun, took the lawmakers on Community networking for quality representation. He sum up the primary roles of the Legislators into three, which are Lawmaking, Representation and Oversight.

He stressed the need for the local government legislators to keep good line of communication with stakeholders on major decisions and to provide welfare at intervals. Saying no one can represent the people effectively if he is not relating well with them.

Another resource person, a lecturer with the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, (TCNN), Rev. Dr. Patrick Okechukwu spoke on teamwork and outlined some skills of teamwork to include ability to listen, ask and answer questions and respect for others. He encouraged the Councillors to work as a team in their various local government to achieve common objectives.

A three time Lawmaker in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Mohammed Balo, representing Qua’anpan South took them on “introduction to social welfare roles of Legislators.” He pointed that social welfare is designed to help people in need of goods and services, who are unable to provide for themselves.

Earlier, Member representing Langtang North Central in the 9th Assembly, Nanbol Listick who coordinated the workshop on behalf of the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Baba Hassan, engaged the Councillors on practical session for motion writing and on effective way of communication.

The workshop which also featured questions and answers is for the Councillors in the 17 local government areas of the state, divided into two batches, lasting for 3 days each.