Political parties lack organisational capabilities to spur Nigerians into real political participation, Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Prof. Tijani Muhammed-Barde, has said.
Barde made this assertion in Jos on Wednesday at the opening session of a conference on political parties and democracy and the inauguration a Political Parties Leadership and Policy Development Centre, funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
He said the ability of political parties to deepen democracy depends on their proper organisation, lamenting that political parties have not created much political consciousness.
“What parties do is very important. I have political parties to do a lot of things, to drive policy that would enhance and deepen democracy in the country depends on how they organise themselves.
He said it was in realisation of this that the institute, with the assistance of the UNDP, decided to provide a platform to train leaders of political parties to assist them to develop policies that would drive the country's development.
According to him, no other institution can provide such a partisan platform than NIPSS, to drive the exercise.
Director of Research, Prof. Olu Obafemi, whose efforts culminated in the establishment of the centre, said what Nigeria needed at this time of development were strong political parties to drive democracy in the country.
This, he said, was necessary because research had shown that political parties in Nigeria were weak, personalised and not inclusive.