The International Law Institute recently completed a training seminar for 70 staff members of the Lagos State (Nigeria) House of Assembly on Legislative Strategic Planning and Management. The seminar took place at the African Regent Hotel in Accra, Ghana from March 27 – 31, 2011.

The opening of the seminar was attended by the political leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly. Opening remarks were given by the Speaker of the House and ILI Executive Director Kim Phan.

The training focused on organizational structures and practical techniques for managing legislative institutions as well as the support services necessary to accomplish this in an efficient and effective manner. Sessions were arranged on the role of legislative staff, legislative organization, and legislative support offices. Additional sessions focused on working with the Executive body, congressional oversight, working with committees, constituent service delivery, dealing with member's transitions, and legislative drafting. A particular highlight of the seminar was a visit to the Parliament of Ghana for a chance to compare best practices of the legislature.

The International Law Institute also gives a special thank you to Steve Halloway, Kenny Kraft, and Art Rynearson for their contributions to the program.