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Liberia: National Center for Records and Archives Agency seeks support to improve the institution’s preservation work

Monrovia — Director General of the Center for National Records and Archives Agency (CNDRA), Emmanuel Lomax, has called for more financial support to strengthen the institution’s work in preserving valuable records and archives of importance national.

On June 9 every year, the Government of Liberia, through the National Records and Archives Agency or the National Archives of the Republic of Liberia, joins other archival institutions in celebrating the Day Archives, under the auspices of the International Council on Archives. (I AC).

In Liberia, the official celebration of the day took place over the weekend with a series of activities; beginning with a grand parade from City Hall to the Archives Building on 12th Street, where a formal indoor program was held at Clar Marie Weah Events Hall.

During the broadcast, the Director General of the National Archives, Emmanuel Lomax, called on the government of Liberia and its partners to come to the aid of the agency by providing the necessary support in order to make it more efficient in carrying out of his statutory mandate.

“This national theme: ‘Remembering the National Archives in Development Planning’, indeed highlights the fact that the National Archives faces multidimensional challenges and is in urgent need of multifaceted support, ranging from the renovation of its main building to its equipment to effectively carry out its statutory mandate.

“Saving Liberia’s heritage requires a holistic approach. That is why we call on the government of Liberia, development partners and individuals to come to our aid in any way, whether in cash, materials or in technical support.

“In specific terms, we wish to call on all of our international, continental and regional partners, including the United States government, the United Nations, through UNESCO, the AU, ECOWAS and other , to see the need to join with the Government of Liberia in mobilizing the necessary support for the National Records and Archives Agency Center or the National Archives of the Republic of Liberia,” DG Lomax implored.

Speaking further, he said many people were unaware that the National Archives was a place where people obtain marriage certificates, but clarified that their institutional mandate went beyond that. “Our cardinal function is to manage and preserve the documentary and cultural heritage of Liberia in order to protect and honor the memory of nations and societies,” he added.

The DG also took the opportunity to thank the Liberian President for being promoted to his current position: “Let me begin by expressing our deepest gratitude to His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia for the confidence placed in us to serve our country in our respective capacities. »

Highlighting the challenges, Lomax said when he took over as helm of the agency nearly three years ago, he realized it had and still has Herculean challenges that needed and still need to be addressed. However, taking over the technical and scientific agency, he told his audience that he did not sit idly by and complain in the midst of these enormous challenges, but rather decided to go down to his war room and to develop strategies by which the challenges might be surmountable. He highlighted the construction of the Clar Marie Weah Event Hall in which the program took place as one of the accomplishments of his administration.

George Howe, Head of the Governance Commission, also made remarks during the programme. In his address, he commended Director General Lomax and his staff for the level of transformation underway at the National Archives and pledged the Commission’s cooperation with the agency in decentralizing some of its services such as issuing certificates of marriage and registration of legal instruments.

Howe revealed that during an assessment tour of the country recently, he discovered that people living in remote parts of the country face extreme difficulty in accessing basic services, those of the National Archives – which he said that the Governance Commission is working with the competent authorities to whom to contact in order to alleviate the suffering of the population.