In line with the Bureau’s statutory responsibilities of capturing full and accurate records of the State and also increase its holdings on documentary heritage as part of the historical research and knowledge management functions, Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau led by the Director General, Mr. Biodun Onayele paid a courtesy visit to Hon. Adekunle Alli at his residence in Iyana Ipaja in continuation of the exercise tagged “Time out with Living Legends”.
According to Mr. Onayele, the visit was important in order to obtain first-hand information for posterity and possibly reproduce or acquire private materials of individuals who have vast knowledge on the history, culture and traditions of the people of Lagos.
He stated that Hon. Alli has become a repository of high standard and the volume of materials in his custody is colossal which thereof needs to be preserved as a reference point for researchers on the history of Lagos.
He further stated that the elder statesman has shown tremendous support to the establishment and development of the Bureau from inception by sharing with the Bureau materials from his private archives.
In response, Hon. Adekunle Alli was delighted to have the delegation as he shared his experiences on the historical and cultural development of Lagos, family background, the Lagos of his time, his historical research journey and contributions to humanity.
Hon. Alli, a thorough bred and humble “Omo Eko”, a former member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), a records & archives master and an acclaimed history trainer who has an unquantifiable passion and fantastic knowledge on the history of Lagos.
Hon. Alli informed the team that he started his research works as far back as 1962 and he is still researching till date. He also stated that his insatiable taste for historical research works driven by interest and passion to preserve the history of Lagos.
He further encouraged the Bureau especially the Director General to continue the good work of consultation and collation of archival materials from various sources in order to provide accurate information to the public on the historical development of the State. He promised to continue to share with the Bureau his private materials on Lagos history.
The LASRAB’s team that visited Hon. Adekunle Alli with the Director General comprises: Mr. Olufemi Oladunjoye, Deputy Director (A & HR); Dr. Kolawole Oseni, Head, Records & Archives; Mr. Luqmon Durojaiye, Head – Public Affairs Unit, Mr. Deji Hamzat, Head, Records Management. Others are Miss Ajoke Lukoh, Senior Archivist; Senior Archivist; Mr. Julius Onileowo, Principal Executive Officer and Miss Aisha Animashaun, Senior Public Affairs Officer.