The National Records Services (NRS) on Tuesday commenced a six-week in-service training programme for record keeping for different record service personnel in various institutions.
Speaking at the opening, Mrs Elizabeth Bahoum, Director of NRS, said the training was organised and coordinated by the current records division of the National Records Services and funded by the government of The Gambia.
It was a collective capacity building drive to improve quality service delivery, especially in record office operations, she said.
She stated that they are the ambassadors of the national records services and they are challenged to manage government information resources and services effectively and efficiently.
She added that these are key ingredients in planning, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs for sustainable development.
According to her, the training has been specifically designed to equip them with the knowledge that would spur confidence in the execution of their duties.
Mrs Bahoum further stated that during their deliberation they would be taken through relevant and useful topics covering the lifecycle concept of records that is: current, semi current and noncurrent stages among a host of others.
“These topics will put you on a firm footing to become modern and professional record managers geared towards supporting government’s agenda,” she opined.
She advised the participants to make the most out of this experience so that their colleagues who have not yet had the opportunity to be trained would learn from them when they get back to their respective offices.
She concluded that confidentiality, access and security are key ingredients in record office operation and should be jealously guarded at all times.
Pateh Jah, permanent secretary at PMO, said records are very important, as they help greatly in the decision making process and help keep track record of events which are essential for organizations to operate effectively.
He emphasized that records play a key role in the preservation of organizational identity and also contributes significantly in the realisation of good governance.
He urged the participants to make good use of the training to equip and help improve their capacity building in the issue of records.