EU, PLAC train young Nigerians on legislative activities

The 2018 Legislative Interns of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) shared their experience of the progrmme at the 2nd Bi-weekly training and Mid-Term programme on Monday in Abuja.

Coordinator of the programme, Brenda Anugwom, said the internship is aimed at spurring professionals into appreciating the legislature, and also preparing them to be better legislators in the future.

“Legislative internship programme is designed to encourage young professionals who have interest in legislative processes and to give them a bit of experience of what it is to be part of the Nigerian Legislature; and get them ready in case they want to run or be part of it.”

Some of the interns spoke with Oak TV on benefits of the initiative. Believe Ohioma (Edo State) said before coming into the programme, she had wanted to go into policy making but would not fully go into politics. “This programme has helped me to know other avenue by which laws, legislations and bill can be passed. One thing I specifically learnt is that I don’t have to be a politician to influence policymaking.

“Also, I have seen loopholes in areas that I feel in future I will be able to effect changes. I’d like to thank PLAC for organizing this programme, they have done greatly and I would like them to keep up the good works,” she said.

Abdulkadir Abdullahi (Taraba State) said before joining PLAC, he never had in-depth idea of legislature and legislative processes. According to him, there is wide gap between the public and the legislature, which he said he was part of but now believes to have been more enlightened.

Abdulahi said If he had the opportunity to run for an office in the future, he would be fit for that position by the end of his internship at PLAC; and if otherwise he would be in a good position to advise those in office.

Ibrahim Muhammad Kebbi State) told this medium that what he intended to do with the knowledge he had gained was to go back and impact other young people who were not opportune to be part of the initiative.

Nancy Agati (Plateau State) said: “I now see myself on the other side in the nearest future. Just watch out for me I will be representing my constituency.”

Another beneficiary, Jane Akunna (Imo) said: “I am grateful for this opportunity that PLAC and the European Union has given us young Nigerians. Everyday different newspapers are brought to the office and I review all National Assembly related news. I also attend plenary sessions and take notes, which are submitted to the chairman, Senate Committee on Media.”

The 2018 programme is the 5th in the series and has 37 interns, 18 of whom are females and 19 of whom are males.

The five week-long programme supported by the European Union (EU) has deployed interns to different committees of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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