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

Joke Akinsanmi

Joke Akinsanmi, recognized as a proficient media and communication specialist, has made substantial contributions to the advancement and growth of journalism in Nigeria, particularly in the realm of transformative features and documentaries. Boasting a rich background spanning over two decades in Corporate Communications, Media and Public Relations, Corporate Affairs, and Team development, she has established herself as a versatile professional with exceptional expertise in communication and media.

As an Associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, she has finely honed her skills, particularly in the fields of elections and party politics. Her commitment lies in delivering services and furnishing accurate, unbiased information and analysis on matters related to general elections, with a broader focus on fostering democratic development in Nigeria and beyond.

Marked by an engaging personality and a collaborative team spirit, she embodies the passion and a Midas touch for infusing dynamism into all endeavors across diverse domains.