Twenty-two Akwa Ibom state legislators from Nigeria participated in a Legislative Workshop at the University, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. The UTC Department of Political Science and Public Administration hosted the event and provided speakers.
The goal of this workshop deepened democratic governance in Nigeria by addressing the legislative needs of these lawmakers. They learned to enhance their capacity to create laws that focus on conflict resolution, poverty alleviation, and the overall economic development of the state.
“The Workshop was committed to assisting and enhancing all areas of need in Akwa Ibom state by discussing various public policy issues, such as attracting foreign investment, agricultural development, environmental protection, and economic development,” said Dr. Bob Swansbrough, UTC Department of Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.
Specifically, the workshop demonstrated ways these legislators can engage more effectively in constituency services and act as liaisons with community groups. The workshop also addressed how they can leverage their performance in research as well as strengthen their bill-drafting capabilities and House committees’ creation of job assignments.
Nigeria is a leading producer of oil and also has vast gas resources. The oil industry is currently the largest and most important sector of the country’s economy. It is the most populous country in Africa and is considered one of America’s strongest allies on the continent.