Chris Steven, Abuja
The leaders of registered political parties in the country have pledged to enshrine internal democracy in their respective parties to deepen governance and national development.
They gave the pledge on Wednesday in Abuja at a two-day Stakeholders Meeting to review the curriculum of the Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre (PPLPDC) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
The 96-page curriculum and the centre were launched in 2013 by NIPSS and the Democratic Governance for Development Project of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP/DGD II) to train the leadership and other key stakeholders of the parties to deepen democracy and participatory governance in the country.
The immediate past Director General of NIPSS Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande stressed the importance of sustaining and improving the gains of democracy in the country.
The acting Director General of NIPSS Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma, said donor agencies have been responsible for the sponsorship of the training of the political leaders since inception of the centre in 2013 to2015 and that the present effort was sponsored by the Federal Government due to the need to deepening democratic value in the country.
“I urge participant to collaborate with NIPSS in perfecting the curriculum especially in the event of new issues that came up after the 2015 elections,” Juma said.
The national chairmen of the Labour Party (LP) Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and Citizens Popular Party (CPP) Chief Sam Eke, and the National Publicity Secretary of IPAC Chief Ogbuehi Dike among others stressed the importance of citizen’s participation and vibrant opposition in the country.
Also, the Director of Research of the institute Prof. Habu Galadima said the PPLPDC was set up to strengthen capacity building of the parties to entrench democracy and that there might be need to consider the training of the IPAC leadership at the state level in the nearest future.
On their parts, Mr. Jide Ojo a development consultant and public affairs analyst and Senior Fellow and board member of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim urge the parties to consider the interest of the nation above personal interests.