FAQs

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What is LASRAB?

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Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) means the central records centre and archival repository of the Lagos State Government and its Local Government Authority established under Law 22 of 2007 and charged with responsibility for permanent custody, regulations and control of all archives of the State and of such other archives or historical records of entities operating within the State or outside as may be acquired by the State.

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Where is LASRAB located?

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LASRAB office complex and repository is located at the LASRAB House, PSSDC Road, Magodo GRA 2, Ikosi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

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Do I need to register to have access to LASRAB archives?

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Users of LASRAB facilities are required to register and they will be issued readers’ ticket when they arrive at the reception of the Bureau on presentation of receipt of payment (see schedule of user fees) and valid means of identification. Students need identity card with letter of introduction from their schools.

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What is the process of registration to use LASRAB facility?

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Payment is to be made into the designated Lagos State Government account with Skye Bank, Alausa Secretariat and electronic-generated receipt brought to LASRAB for registration. (see schedule of user fees and revenue code for payment)

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How much do i pay to use LASRAB facility?

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Operations of LASRAB are among the social services being rendered for public benefit by the State. However, administrative fees are to be paid for on some services being rendered by the Bureau. Below is the schedule of user fees:

Facility Visit:

  • Individual----------------- N2,000
  • Family ---------------------N4,500
  • Couple--------------------- N3,000
  • Group---------------------- N10,000 (below 20 people)

N15,000------------------- (21 – 40 people)

N 20,000--------------------- (above 40 people)

Registration (Research/ Library Services per annum):

  • Students ------------------N1,500
  • PG Students --------------N2,500
  • Civil Servants------------ N1,500
  • Private Individuals------ N3,000
  • Foreigners---------------- N5,000

Codes for e-payment platform:

Bank Name: Skye Bank, Secretariat, Alausa.

Account Name: Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau.

Account Number: 1011770006227

Agency Code: 4340006

Purpose and Revenue Code:

Registration (research/library): 4020015

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When can i do research?

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The research room is open to the public from 9am – 3pm on Monday to Friday except on public holidays.

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Can i borrow books from the reference library?

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Aside the archives which are primary source materials, LASRAB keeps official publications and other printed materials related to Lagos State history and administration. These materials are not for lending but can be consulted by the public. However, parts of it can be reproduced for interested researchers at moderate cost.

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May i reproduce LASRAB archival records?

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In general, government records are in the public domain and may be freely used. However, records in our custody that still enjoy copyright protection or have not been declassified cannot be reproduced. The Archivist or Reference staff will advise appropriately where necessary. Nonetheless, fragile original documents or documents in poor condition may not be made available in their original form for preservation purposes.

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Are LASRAB archives holding available online?

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No. There is an ongoing effort to make them available on-line as soon as possible.

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Can i bring and use cameras and laptops?

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You may bring cameras and laptops. All bags and carrying cases must be left in lockers outside of the research room. Cameras may be used only with natural light.

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Does LASRAB purchase old, historic pictures or accept them as donations?

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LASRAB does not add to its holdings through purchase. We may accept offers of donations when the documentary materials involved are closely related to the State records already in our custody. All donations are appropriately acknowledged.

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What are records?

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Records means all books, papers, maps, photographs, or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by any agency of the State in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved or appropriate for preservation by that agency or its legitimate successor as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities, or because of the information contained therein.

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what are current records?

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Current records means records regularly used for conduct of the current business of public office or individual.

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What are semi-current records?

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Semi-current records means records that are not required frequently for conduct of the current business of public office or individual or assemblies of records on which no action has been recorded for five years.

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What are non-current records?

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Non-current records are records that are no longer used for the conduct of current business and are therefore destroyed unless they have a continuing value for other purposes, which merit their preservation as archives in an archival institution.

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What are vital records?

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Vital records means selected records which, in the event of a disaster, are essential to the resumption or continuation of government operations, to the re-creation of the legal and financial status of the State government, or to the protection of and fulfilment of obligations to the citizens of the State. Such term is not used as a synonym for official birth, death, and marriage records.

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What are archives?

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Archives means records of enduring value selected for permanent custody and preservation in LASRAB. These are records designated by the Director-General of LASRAB for continuous preservation because they have enduring administrative, legal, fiscal, educational, historical, or other research value to the State government and/or its citizens. Such term is not used as a synonym for computer-generated records that are stored off-line.

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What are public records?

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Public records means records specified in the Schedule to Lagos State Law 22 of 2007.

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What are private records?

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Private records means records other than public records including records of Non Government Organisation (NGO) or other groupings of people, family or chieftaincy or companies established under the Corporate and Allied Matters Act and domiciled in or operating from Lagos State.

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What are electronic records?

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Electronic records means those records which are stored in a form that can be read or processed only by means of a computer.

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What is records centre?

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Records centre means a building designated for low-cost storage of and provision of official access to semi-current records pending their eventual disposal or transfer to LASRAB. It is a middle network between the records office the archival institution.

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What is record management?

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Records management means the planning, organizing, directing, controlling and other activities needed for effective records creation, records maintenance and use, and records disposition.

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What is record retention and disposition schedule?

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Records Retention and Disposition Schedule means a document describing the recurring records of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), or an administrative unit thereof, specifying which records should be preserved permanently as having enduring value as archives and authorising on a continuing basis and, after the lapse of retention periods, of occurrence of specified actions or events, the disposal by destruction or other means of remaining records.

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What is Retention Period?

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Retention period means a period of time, expressed in terms of an event which must occur and or the time which must elapse, before records may be disposed.