NRS ends in-service training programme for records personnel

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The National Records Service (NRS) management has organized a training programme for records personnel with a view to enhancing their records management skills.

The programme was tailored to suit the records personnel with inadequate practice experience in the restructured system, otherwise referred to as the theme system of classification used in restructured records offices.

Speaking at the closing ceremony held at GTMI, Bartholonew Marong, acting Director of National Records Services, said NRS management together with national records advisory committee was committed to actively raising the standards of records management in the public services.

“Our task is to make it possible, our mission is to provide the right records to the right person at the least possible cost,” he declared.

For his part, Momodou Bah, Accountant General stressed that records personnel play a very important role in the management and safeguarding of data and information.

He noted that the documents/records that they handle day-to-day form the main input into the institutions database of service delivery requirements and they also form part of the output of service delivery.

He explained that as records management is gradually moving away from the traditional manual process to automation, it was vital for all records personnel to undertake IT training preparation for the automated environment of records management.

He urged the participants to make best use of what they learned during the four weeks of intensive training, adding that if put in place they would become one of the top record personnel in the country.

Giving the vote of thanks, Dominic Mendy, one of the participants said the training was basically designed to build the skills of the record personnel to improve in their various specialised areas of record keeping.

He said the importance of records could not be over emphasized, adding that it provides the basis for decision making and they could not do away with records in their everyday work.

He challenged his fellow participants that they are the chosen few to be part of the training, and urged them to make best use of the opportunity of the four weeks and use the skills taught as designed.

Author: Adam Jobe & Isatou Senghore