Nigeria’s government has charged public servants and the general public to cultivate the habit of maintaining an effective and sustainable information management system across all spheres.
The Minister of the federal capital territory, Malam Bello gave this charge in an event which marks this year’s International Archives Day.
Malam Bello noted that promoting effective records management system would enable the country to achieve good governance and accountability, thereby engendering national development.
The Minister who was represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr.Babatope Ajakaiye promised to strengthen FCT Archives and History Bureau for excellent service delivery.
He added that the establishment of the Bureau in 2005 by the FCT Administration underscores the top priority it places on records keeping.
Malam Bello said, “It was in appreciation of the importance of proper records keeping and archives management that the FCT Archives and History Bureau was established in 2005 with the responsibility to collect, collate, preserve and manage archival records of the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA).”
He also hinted that the International Archives Day celebrated annually provides the unique opportunity for cooperation and collaboration among nations and relevant stakeholders for information sharing.
Commenting on the theme of this year’s celebration: ‘Archives, Citizenship and Inter-culturalism’, the Minister said it offers a positive moral judgement and commitment not just for civil servants, but also to the entire citizenry, enabling them to come to terms with the historical importance of preserving our collective memory as a people.
The Acting Director of FCT Archives and History Bureau, Ms Ceril Jogai who was also present at the event explained that commemorating the International Archives Day is in line with the Universal Declaration on Archives, which gives special recognition on the vital role of archives in fostering administrative accountability, transparency and protection of individual rights.
According to her, the annual event marks an important milestones in the annals of the FCT Administration, as it offers its residents the unique opportunity to carefully reflect on the ways and manners officials records are handled.
In his keynote address, Prof. Folarin Shyllon, lecturer, University of Ibadan, stated that archival materials are priceless, hence the need to do all it takes to maintain accurate information keeping, while acknowledging the challenges associating with managing archival materials.