DEPARTMENT: Training and International Cooperation


The Department of Training and International Cooperation is one of the nine (9) – Departments of the Institute and is primarily responsible for organising and coordinating the capacity building trainings of the Institute.

These training programmes are aimed at equipping Legislators and support staff of the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly with the requisite skills in managing the Legislature.

The Department also provides capacity building training to other Democratic institutions such as the Executive, the Judiciary, relevant NGOs and CSOs as well as others across the sub-region.


Functions of the Department

Structure of the Department

The Department is composed of two (2) divisions, namely:

National Training Programmes Division

The Division is responsible for facilitating and coordinating all training programmes and activities within Nigeria.

International Cooperation Division

The Division is responsible for establishing and maintaining capacity-building partnerships with other parliaments, academic institutions, donor partners and facilitating and coordinating all foreign training programmes of Legislators.

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Mohammed Nur Alkhali Executive Chairman, Yobe State, Assembly Service Commission

When I evaluate the performance of all the Resource Persons, their competencies, the quality of delivery of the papers they presented, I will give the Institute an excellent score with a 5 stars rating.

Omokorede Olushola Kolewo Official Reporter

Indeed, my expectations have been met because the first time I came to NILDS in 2018, it was an upgrade from what I learned at Federal Training Center Lagos…attending another training here has helped to further sharpen my skills and exposed me to modern practices in Official Reporting which I will now have to go back home and re-orientate my colleagues about.

Amos Hananakudu Official Reporter

If I could give more than a 5 stars rating to NILDS, I would. I look forward to attending more training programmes because learning is continuous and NILDS, as a very important organization for the Legislature, has shown it has the ability to build our capacity to bring about positive change in our respective parliaments.

    Director of the Department

    Rekiya Ibrahim - Atta

    Rekiya Ibrahim – Atta is currently the Ag Director, Training and International Cooperation at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) National Assembly. She is an experienced Development and Communication consultant with over 25 years of experience in managing and evaluating large, complex programmes at both government and non-governmental organizations. She has held and impacted at several positions within the Civil Service and the Private Sector in Nigeria. She possesses strong skills in providing technical assistance to national and sub-national governments and Civil Society Organisations in her areas of expertise. Her successful track record is built on diligence, flexibility and attention to details. She holds a degree in Theatre Arts, Social Work, and a Master’s degree in Social work. As an actor in the Nigerian Movie industry, she brings in good will that is beneficial to any organization and promotes campaigns effectively through the media.