The Director General of the Center for National Documents and Record Agency (CNDRA), Ms. P. Bloh Saye, has underscored the need to build the capacity of the institution and its staff in order to improve the preservation of records for the country and its people.
She made the comment on Friday at a program marking the official transfer of legal documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to CNDRA.
According to her, improving Liberia’s record preservation was vital to the existence of essential documents at the CNDRA as its takes full responsibility for documents and other essential records.
“We have a problem as a people with the kind of records we have for land. We will reduce these land conflicts when we organized those records properly and ensure that everyone has access to them through proper means,” she explained.
There is a need to focus on building the capacity of CNDRA, including the supply of new equipment as well as building human capacity as a way of helping to enhance Liberia’s national records keeping, she said. She added that Liberia cannot have good records maintenance without making the essential equipment and supplies available.
She observed that the country has a very poor records keeping system, which has created land-related conflicts in many instances.
Despite that observation, she wants proper and coordinated training for the entire staff as well as a supply of new equipment.
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister, B. Elias Shoniyin, emphasized that the Ministry was pleased to turn over the records and documents to the direct institution with responsibility of taking care of them.
“We believe that these records are important and will be used by our children and generations to come and therefore they need proper care and maintenance. These are very important and historic documents and we believe in the credibility of CNDRA to keep them,” Minister Shoniyin said as he turned over the documents to authorities of the CBDRA.
He cautioned the CNDRA to be vigilant in keeping the “historic and important documents” that unborn generations would also have access to and can be remembered from time to time.
In remarks, Co-chairperson of the Land Commission, Walter Y. Wisner, emphasized that archives and records are the resources of the state, and must therefore be fully taken care of to ensure the cultural uniqueness of the country.
“It is also important for the continuity of the government’s historical research to avoid duplications within the functions of the government,” he added.