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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nigeria lags in archives preservation

The President, Society of Nigerian Archivists (SNA), Prof. Olutayo Adesina, has disclosed that Nigeria lags among developing countries of the world at the occasion of 2017 International Archives Day (IAD), reports ITRealms.

Prof. Adesina said it was a monumental tragedy that a country that boasts of treasure troves of records and documents in the past had confined its archives to the dustbin of history, citing the deplorable state of the National Archives as a result of poor funding.

The SNA president, while commending the governments of Lagos, Sokoto and Bayelsa States for instituting efficient archives, however, called on Federal and other State governments to pay more attention to the collection and preservation of archives through requisite funding, recognition and proper remuneration of archivists and record managers.

He challenged NGOs and private individuals to support the campaign by the SNA to revive the nation's decaying archives.

"We must now begin to think of our archives as tools of community and national empowerment rather than irrelevant custodians of the relics of the past. More than ever, we now need to think critically and imaginatively about how to handle the archives in the 21st century. The long term sustenance of the archives should therefore be a collective responsibility," he said.

Uj. N. Dom/GEE
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