In commemoration of the 20I8 International Archives Day, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged governments to adopt proper records keeping, as vital documents provide solutions to challenges in governance.
During the celebration with the theme: Records and Archives Management in the Public Service: A Key to Good Governance and Quality Service Delivery, Ambode noted that proper records keeping guides decision making for quality service delivery.
The governor, wrepresented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Oluseye Oladejo, said it was sad that Artificial Intelligence (AI) was gradually taking the place of manual and accurate records keeping.
He, therefore, urged governments and policy makers to ensure history, culture and tradition were protected and procured for posterity, specifically for sociocultural value system, commerce, industry and mode of governance.
President, Nigeria Society of Archivists, Professor Olutayo Adesina, said daily record keeping and archiving was not just a responsibility owed the present generation, but also the generations yet unborn.
He noted that failure to keep appropriate records would lead to substantive loss of heritage and would amount to a future that could not be projected with facts and data of the past.
Also, President of Archives Professionals of Nigeria, Dr. Ade Akinbolarin, urged institutions to embrace proper archives management, as charting a way forward would be difficult without reflecting on history.