Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) says it is committed to providing assistance to both public and private schools in the State by educating the pupils/students not only on the history, culture and people of the State but also the importance of records and archives management in our personal lives.
This assertion was made by the Director General, Mr. Biodun Onayele during the courtesy visit of owners of private schools under the aupices of Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire (OMEP) which means World Organization for Early Childhoold Education in his Magodo Office, Lagos.
The visit to the Bureau by OMEP members was a follow up of the advocacy/courtesy call on the organization by the Director General during one of its meetings held recently at the Lagos State Government Women Development Centre (WDC) Agege, Lagos.
According to Mr. Onayele, the relationship between the Bureau and the Organization will be symbiotic in the sense that the Bureau is ready and willing to compliment the classroom teachings on history of Lagos by providing the necessary practical support needed by various schools. He stated that the Bureau has in its holdings documents on the developmental strides of the State as far back as the Colonial days and still acquiring more records of enduring value.
He also stated that records and archives management is not only important for the Government to plan but it is necessary for individuals to domesticate it to help organise our private lives. He used the medium to enjoin the members of OMEP who were from various districts in the State to spread the good news about the Bureau and its importance to their colleagues.
He further implored the Educationist to imbibe the culture of records keeping in their various schools and to seek advise from the Bureau if the need arises as the Bureau also provides consultancy services in records and archives management to both the public and private sectors.
In her response, the President, OMEP, Lagos Chapter, Mrs Sola Adenmosun thanked the DG for the warm reception accorded to the team and confirmed that the visit made to the Bureau was not in vain as they have learnt something new.
She assured the DG of spreading the news about the Bureau to other colleagues and promised to bring their pupils/students to the Bureau on excursion visits. She said that OMEP Nigeria is a nongovernmental organization which comprises of proprietress of private schools, lovers of children and early childhood education.
According to the National President, OMEP Nigeria, Mrs. Tokunbo Doherty, she thanked the State Government for establishing the Bureau to help the children in identifying with their history because some of our children can neither speak yoruba nor have knowledge about the State. She further requested the State Government to make it mandatory for Year 5 students of both the public and private secondary schools to visit the Bureau before they graduate.
Rounding off the visit, the team was led round the facilities such as the reference library, gallery, reading room, reprography and the mini museum.