The Director-General of the Lagos State Record and Archives Bureau, LASRAB, Mr. Abiodun Onayele, and a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Dr Abiodun Abioye, say proper record keeping will boost the Federal Government’s war against corruption in the country.
Onayele and Abioye, a lecturer at the Department of Library, Archival and Information Studies, UI, spoke on Wednesday at the inauguration of the 2016 International Archival Day with the theme, ‘Corruption and Security Challenges in Nigeria: The Place of Records and Archives Management’.
They said lack of proper record keeping and archival materials in the country might have slowed down the anti-graft war in the country.
Onayele said, “We don’t know the importance of keeping records. Those who have been convicted of corrupt practices are still finding themselves in the corridors of power. The reason is that no one is keeping records about these people.
“When we have records of such persons, Nigerians can prevent them from holding public offices because they have become ex-convicts.”
The Director-General lamented that there had been instances where some people, who had been convicted abroad came into the country to hold public offices.
“Also, some lawyers, who had been found guilty of corrupt practices, still go to court to serve as counsel and the reason for this is that there is no accurate record of events and activities,” he added.
He stated that this was the reason the government chose the theme for 2016 International Archival Day scheduled for June 9, adding that the celebration would be used to examine how proper records and archives management could assist in finding sustainable solutions to the menace of corruption and insecurity currently ravaging the country.
He said, “Citizens become aggressive because they have been denied certain amenities that would have improved their standard of living. And the reason is that someone has taken the money that would have benefitted a larger percentage of the citizens.
“The reaction of the citizens to the misappropriation of public funds is why the country is experiencing insecurity.”
The don, Abioye, noted that record keeping had helped developed countries in their fight against corruption.
“If Nigeria intensifies its record keeping, it will help in curbing misappropriation of public funds,” he added