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Published On: Fri, Jun 29th, 2018

Int’l Archives Day: Residents tasked on efficient records – keeping

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Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

Residents of the Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) both in public and private fronts have been charged to imbibe the lifestyle of proper records-keeping and archives management, in order to ensure attainment of enduring values for the Territory.
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello gave the charge yesterday, while addressing stakeholders during a forum organised by FCT Archives and History Bureau, as part of activities to celebrate the 2018 Archives Day, in Area 11, Abuja.
In particular, the Minister called on staff of the FCT Administration to imbibe the spirit of promoting efficient records keeping and archives management system in various departments and agencies.
Our correspondent reports that the call was made against the backdrop of the commemoration of the 2018 International Archives Day, with the theme: “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage.”
Bello, who was represented at the occasion by FCTA Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, reiterated that it is the responsibility of the administration to let the public appreciate the need for a systematic records management, across all spheres of private and public lives.
He stressed the need to encourage the culture of efficient record-keeping and Archives management, in order to preserve things which are of very high enduring value to the advancement of the Territory.
He opined that it is only by so doing that the FCTA and the nation at large can attain the long-cherished global aspiration for governance and accountability for national development.
According to him, this year’s theme of the Day was very relevant, as it provides
positive moral judgment and commitment to mobilizing and educating, not only public servants, but also the general public to appreciate
the historical importance of preserving the collective memory of a people.
He added that the commemoration was quite unique, as it provides the opportunity to challenge the citizens to see official records and archives as the embodiment of our collective heritage, that need to be jealously guarded.
Furthermore, the Minister explained that celebration of the Day underscores the vital importance of Archives and records keeping in the society, saying it’s a clear demonstration of the unwaivering commitment of the FCT Administration to the realization of Day’s objective.
Earlier in a welcome address, Director, FCT Archives and History Bureau, Ms Cerie Jogai, disclosed that there is a very low level of awareness about the importance of proper records keeping in the Territory, which is quite disturbing, with its embarrassing consequences.
She opined that the Day provides the unique opportunity to challenge stakeholders to redouble efforts in institutionalizing an enduring of efficient records-keeping and achieving in everyday life.
The Director reiterated the Bureau’s commitment towards promoting efficient cultural heritage and historical accounts for the Territory.
She however, appealed to the FCTA to provide funding for the course of archives, research and staff training; including the procurement of modern preservation and conservation equipment.
Jogai also requested for the recruitment and establishment of archivists cadre in the service to encourage the young ones in the profession.

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