INTERNATIONAL  ARCHIVES DAY MESSAGE BY CNDRA BOSS C. NEILEH DAITOUAH
HER EXCELLENCY, CHIEF DR. JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFORMATION, SENATOR J. MILTON TEAHJAY, CHAIRMAN, SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON AUTONOMOUS AGENCIES AND COMMISSIONS, MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC COE, SPECIAL INVITEES, DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, SENIOR AND GENERAL STAFF OF CNDRA, PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS, MEMBERS OF THE FORTH ESTATE, DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. It is a pleasant duty for me to give recognition to the Almighty God, our creator, for the opportunity afforded us all to be present at this auspicious occasion; commemorating the 70th Celebration of International Archives Day. Again, I am pleased to give recognition, and extend special thanks and appreciation to His Excellency, George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, for the opportunity accorded me to serve the People of Liberia, as Director General for the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives. Today, June 9, 2018, the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, join the global celebration in observance of the International Archives Day, under the canopy of the International Council on Archives (ICA), with a Global Theme: “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage”. What is about International Archives Day? The International Archives Day (June 9), is a day identified and was set aside, by the International Council on Archives (ICA), to be globally observed, with the objective of raising awareness among the public, of the importance of Archives. What is Archives? Archives are records of historical, cultural and other value that are significant to the state and people. The Archives provide information about where we were yesterday; where we are today; and where we hope to be tomorrow. Archives also, serve as a relevant instrument in resolving conflict, and inspire young generation. The Archives is very important to the development of societies, and also, I consider Archives as the Nation’s heartbeat. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, in consonance with the celebration of the International Archives Day, the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, is celebrating the International Archives Day with a National Theme: “Good Record Keeping Promotes Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability”. In view of our National Theme, one would agree with me that indeed, Good Record Keeping is vital to the actualization and sustainability of Good Governance, Transparency and Accountability, which is one of the sectors prioritized by the Government of Liberia, and her international partners. In an effort to foster Good Governance, We, at the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, having been imbued with deep sense of duties and responsibilities, and being cognizant of the essential role of the Center for National Documents and Records Agencies to the state and people, have thought it expedient to have identified and developed meaningful programs aimed at improving the vibrancy of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, by expanding and upgrading our activities and service delivery to the Government and people of Liberia. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I am overwhelmingly zealous to unveil the following key focus areas of decentralization programs to be prioritized for support, implementation and actualization. • Decentralization of all functions of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency activities in the fourteen counties; • Construction of rural national archives centers for the provision of public library services and for the preservation of all Government documents and records; • Construction of a multi-purpose records center on the compound of the CNDRA on 12th Street; • To improve national records management process; • To strengthen and expand the digitization of records management at all levels; • To provide technical training in records management, preservation, information systems and library science. • Note: These are achievable when the below challenges can be adequately addressed by Central Government and our development partners. Challenges: • Lack of logistics to consolidate records under one roof; • Lack of facility to house records and documents from Ministries, Agencies and Public Corporations; • Lack of adequate professionals and staff to drive the process of records management. Gains: • Started the process of digitizing Deeds and Non-Deeds information for appropriate records management; • Operates the Open Title records systems for effective data management and instant access to information as require; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we are pleased to use this medium to respectfully call on Central Government and the National Legislature to grant the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, the requisite budgetary support that will enable the CNDRA carryout her many programs aimed at improving and expanding her service delivery to the Government and people throughout Liberia. We also, want to recognize all Archival institute globally, and our parent body, the International Council on Archives (ICA), for their meaningful contributions globally, to the improvement and promotion of the profession. Again, we are more than obliged to call on Archival institutions and other development partners around the world, to come to the aid of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency/National Archives, by providing technical and professional support in the area of training for staff of CNDRA, and advance methodology and the tool require for advance records management. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, before I take my seat, let me through this medium, inform our partners and Diplomatic Missions to this capital, that shortly we shall commence knocking on your doors, for the conduct of stakeholders’ meeting, that will derive ways and means which seeks to address the implementation of essential programs of the CNDRA. Thank you very much, and may the Almighty God bless us all and save the state.
We-Care Foundation Donates Books to National Public Library
We-Care Foundation, a local NGO operating in the country donated several cartoons of assorted books to the National Public Library on Ashman Street, Monrovia. Delivering the books recently, We-Care Foundation Library Supervisor Girttne Russell said despite the donation being his institution’s first to the National Public Library, he wants it be consider as the initial of several others. “We operate a library but we are not able to use all of the books we receive from donors as a result we have to share with schools and other libraries. As we speak, we are awaiting the arrival of another container of books from “Book Aid International” for distribution to needed institutions,” Russell revealed. While cost is not attached, the books included English, literature, recent books on policing and a wide range of readers. The library which offers free research services to the public is managed and operated by the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). CNDRA is an institution of government that is among others cloth with the statutory mandate to register and process marriage certificate, land deeds, administrative authorizations and is as well the custodian of all national documents and records. Receiving the books, the Director General of CNDRA Neileh Daitouah lauded the foundation describing the donation as one of the most important steps as money cannot replace the knowledge and success that comes through education. “If you were to give me one thousand dollar today, and one book, the book will have a long lasting effect on my life than the money, noted the CNDRA boss. He views the donation as being in the support of government’s Pro-Poor agenda which he interprets as one that is intended to take people from mat to mattress, introduce and develop a system that will provide for the Liberia’s less privilege population rather than the privilege. He wants students to make use of the library with the hope that the reading material will have a lasting effect on the lives of users. Meanwhile, Director Daitouah has unveiled plans by the agency to decentralize the operations of the public library to other parts of the country. This he said is in direct response to the growing needs of children in the rural parts of the country many of whom he noted do not have access to test books nor library for research purposes. He however did not say when the decentralization exercise will begin. -30-
We-Care Foundation Donates Books to National Public Library
We-Care Foundation, a local NGO operating in the country donated several cartoons of assorted books to the National Public Library on Ashman Street, Monrovia. Delivering the books recently, We-Care Foundation Library Supervisor Girttne Russell said despite the donation being his institution’s first to the National Public Library, he wants it be consider as the initial of several others. “We operate a library but we are not able to use all of the books we receive from donors as a result we have to share with schools and other libraries. As we speak, we are awaiting the arrival of another container of books from “Book Aid International” for distribution to needed institutions,” Russell revealed. While cost is not attached, the books included English, literature, recent books on policing and a wide range of readers. The library which offers free research services to the public is managed and operated by the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). CNDRA is an institution of government that is among others cloth with the statutory mandate to register and process marriage certificate, land deeds, administrative authorizations and is as well the custodian of all national documents and records. Receiving the books, the Director General of CNDRA Neileh Daitouah lauded the foundation describing the donation as one of the most important steps as money cannot replace the knowledge and success that comes through education. “If you were to give me one thousand dollar today, and one book, the book will have a long lasting effect on my life than the money, noted the CNDRA boss. He views the donation as being in the support of government’s Pro-Poor agenda which he interprets as one that is intended to take people from mat to mattress, introduce and develop a system that will provide for the Liberia’s less privilege population rather than the privilege. He wants students to make use of the library with the hope that the reading material will have a lasting effect on the lives of users. Meanwhile, Director Daitouah has unveiled plans by the agency to decentralize the operations of the public library to other parts of the country. This he said is in direct response to the growing needs of children in the rural parts of the country many of whom he noted do not have access to test books nor library for research purposes. He however did not say when the decentralization exercise will begin. -30-
We-Care Foundation Donates Books to National Public Library
We-Care Foundation, a local NGO operating in the country donated several cartoons of assorted books to the National Public Library on Ashman Street, Monrovia. Delivering the books recently, We-Care Foundation Library Supervisor Girttne Russell said despite the donation being his institution’s first to the National Public Library, he wants it be consider as the initial of several others. “We operate a library but we are not able to use all of the books we receive from donors as a result we have to share with schools and other libraries. As we speak, we are awaiting the arrival of another container of books from “Book Aid International” for distribution to needed institutions,” Russell revealed. While cost is not attached, the books included English, literature, recent books on policing and a wide range of readers. The library which offers free research services to the public is managed and operated by the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). CNDRA is an institution of government that is among others cloth with the statutory mandate to register and process marriage certificate, land deeds, administrative authorizations and is as well the custodian of all national documents and records. Receiving the books, the Director General of CNDRA Neileh Daitouah lauded the foundation describing the donation as one of the most important steps as money cannot replace the knowledge and success that comes through education. “If you were to give me one thousand dollar today, and one book, the book will have a long lasting effect on my life than the money, noted the CNDRA boss. He views the donation as being in the support of government’s Pro-Poor agenda which he interprets as one that is intended to take people from mat to mattress, introduce and develop a system that will provide for the Liberia’s less privilege population rather than the privilege. He wants students to make use of the library with the hope that the reading material will have a lasting effect on the lives of users. Meanwhile, Director Daitouah has unveiled plans by the agency to decentralize the operations of the public library to other parts of the country. This he said is in direct response to the growing needs of children in the rural parts of the country many of whom he noted do not have access to test books nor library for research purposes. He however did not say when the decentralization exercise will begin.
We-Care Foundation Donates Books to National Public Library
..We-Care Foundation, a local NGO operating in the country donated several cartoons of assorted books to the National Public Library on Ashman Street, Monrovia. Delivering the books recently, We-Care Foundation Library Supervisor Girttne Russell said despite the donation being his institution’s first to the National Public Library, he wants it be consider as the initial of several others. “We operate a library but we are not able to use all of the books we receive from donors as a result we have to share with schools and other libraries. As we speak, we are awaiting the arrival of another container of books from “Book Aid International” for distribution to needed institutions,” Russell revealed. While cost is not attached, the books included English, literature, recent books on policing and a wide range of readers. The library which offers free research services to the public is managed and operated by the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA). CNDRA is an institution of government that is among others cloth with the statutory mandate to register and process marriage certificate, land deeds, administrative authorizations and is as well the custodian of all national documents and records. Receiving the books, the Director General of CNDRA Neileh Daitouah lauded the foundation describing the donation as one of the most important steps as money cannot replace the knowledge and success that comes through education. “If you were to give me one thousand dollar today, and one book, the book will have a long lasting effect on my life than the money, noted the CNDRA boss. He views the donation as being in the support of government’s Pro-Poor agenda which he interprets as one that is intended to take people from mat to mattress, introduce and develop a system that will provide for the Liberia’s less privilege population rather than the privilege. He wants students to make use of the library with the hope that the reading material will have a lasting effect on the lives of users. Meanwhile, Director Daitouah has unveiled plans by the agency to decentralize the operations of the public library to other parts of the country. This he said is in direct response to the growing needs of children in the rural parts of the country many of whom he noted do not have access to test books nor library for research purposes. He however did not say when the decentralization exercise will begin.
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