Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President of the Nigerian National Assembly and Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, met with ILI Executive Director Kim Phan, Chairman Don Wallace, and Ambassdor Steve Halloway, Director of ILI's Center for Comparative Legislative Management, on August 30, 2010 to discuss having ILI assist the National Assembly in setting up the proposed National Institute of Legislative Studies.  The Institute is designed to train the National Assembly, State Assemblies, and ECOWAS Parliament.  This collaboration will build upon ILI's extensive relationship with the National Assembly, and envisions the ILI conducting capacity building of legislators and staff in Washington, DC and in Nigeria, as well as offering technical assistance.  Areas of training will likely include Legislative Strategic Planning and Management, Legislative Drafting, Legal English and Legal Writing, the Budget Process and Congressional Reporting.

ILI is honored to be asked by the National Assembly to participate in the development of the National Institute of Legislative Studies.