Written by Austine ELEMUE

Int’l Archives Day: FCTA to digitalize archives

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said that its Archives and History Bureau will be digitized to meet 21st Century records keeping and management. 

Also, residents and other stakeholders have been urged to seize the rare opportunity to avail themselves of what archives and records-keeping system is set to offer. 

This call was made by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, who spoke through the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Engr. Umar Jibril, at a symposium and open-house organised by the FCT Archives and History Bureau as the authority commemorates the 2019 International Archives Day. 

Ohaa, noted that annually, the FCTA through the bureau puts together an event to sensitise the public on the role of archives, the importance of archivists and record managers as well as sharing experiences in the management of public and private records.  

He explained that the theme of this year's celebration, "Designing the archives in the 21st Century", is encapsulated to cut across all sectors of public and private life, to make the profession more inclusive, varied and helpful to everyone for a better comprehension of archives. 

He gave his assurances that the FCTA remains fully committed to providing needed support to the Bureau, in order to succeed in designing the archives in the 21st century. 

"This symposium and open-house to complement the international theme by making the Bureau's facilities and operations open to the public for a better understanding of the system. 

"This involves showcasing the processes of documenting and management of archival records. And as the world becomes more digital, the FCT Administration is committed to this development and would remain supportive of the needs of the Bureau in this regards," he stressed. 

Also speaking, special guest of honour, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa'i, urged stakeholders to key into the promotion of archival system, as digitalisation was not only imperative, but expedient. 

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, the governor bemoaned act whereby archives system has been relegated to the background, hence it's commendable decision by Abuja bureau to keep archival system in the public domain. 

Similarly, guest speaker, Prof. Folarin Shyllon, Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo, University, Ogun State, said open access to archives are necessary to promotion of values and good governance in any society. 

He urged stakeholders especially state governments to intensify efforts to improve the architecture of archives, thereby enhancing upgrade and access to archives. 

 

Onabanjo, who delivered a paper titled: Can we have 21st century archives in Nigeria? opined that if given the necessary support, the FCT archives is ready to take Nigeria to the 21st century archives. 

Earlier in her address, FCT Director of Archives and History Bureau, Cerie Jogai, revealed that in the bureau, networking of the entire building has been completed in readiness for digitalisation.  

 

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