The Lagos State Record and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) has been commended for its role in the preservation of historical artefacts and documents relating to Lagos State, while also using technology to enhance storage of the rich cultural heritage of the State.
The Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, gave the commendation while on a facility tour of the agency in Magodo.
He said: “It is my belief that LASRAB has everything it takes to promote Lagos culture beyond the country, including our architecture, commerce and culture. Everything that Lagos stands for should be exposed to the world so that anyone can come here and find out for themselves”.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olusina Thorpe, stated that the Bureau needs more visibility as well as necessary engagements with the public, especially Lagos State school students, to pay regular visits to the Agency in order to learn more about the great city of Lagos.
Thorpe, therefore, encouraged the Agency to collaborate with the Ministry of Education and SUBEB to run a shift of weekly school visits to the Bureau as a way of promoting the rich heritage of the State among school children.
While appreciating the State Officials for the visit, the Director-General of LASRAB, Mrs. Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola, who took the team on a tour of the complex, stated that the Bureau will achieve more with the support of the Ministry as the Agency is working assiduously to ensure the conversion of over 70 successful candidates into Archivist Cadre.
According to her, the feat will enable the Bureau to have competent Archivists to man the open and secret registries of MDAs in order to standardise record-keeping of the Lagos State Government in line with world best practices.
Recall that LASRAB was established in 1995 as a repository and data bank on all things involving Lagos State, dating back to its creation, with pictures and artefacts. It also houses records of Lagos State’s past administrations and historic events.