A historical event in compliance with the amended Act of 1977which created the Center for National Documents Records Agency (CNDRA) took place Friday with the CNDRA taking charge of the depository at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The event witnessed the former turning over ceremony of land deeds and other historical documents preserved at the Foreign Ministry to the CNDRA as the Agency’s 1977 Act requires that all public documents stored at various government institutions be turned over to the CNDRA every ten years. However, this provision has never been honored by public institutions as it took close to 38 years before the Foreign Affairs Ministry surrender the documents.
In the brief statement Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin hope that the document will make positive impact as it relates to understanding some of government decisions and actions and why such decisions were made.
Mr. Shoniyin who expressed confident in the management of the CNDRA to properly preserve the documents expressed optimism that the documents and records will be used by generations and posterity.
Receiving the documents the Executive Director of the CNDRA Madam P. BlohSayeh lauded President Sirleaf and the leadership of the Foreign Ministry for making transferred of documents reality.
She noted that bringing all lands records and documents under one roof would increase land tenure security as the persistent problems of land tenure is due to scanty available records on land tenure. Madam Sayeh: “we will reduce land conflict when we properly organize those records with clear ownership established such that everyone has access to them.”
The CENDRA boss who intimated that collaboration between her agency and the Ministry of Foreign will also enhance Liberia’s performance on the Millennium Challenge Corporation radar criticized the country’s record keeping system. She said the poor records keeping system of the country needs to be improved by building and strengthening the country’s records keeping and management system.
According to her, to achieve this, emphasis must be placed on human and equipment capacity building as proper records management enhances transparency and democracy by making access to information easier.
For his part, the Vice Chairman of the Land Commission Mr. Walter Wisner regretted the looting of historical documents during the civil war and said the transfer of the documents to the CNDRA would serve the propose of historical research and stop the duplication of function by public functionaries.
He however challenged the management of the CNDRA to properly preserve the documents received to make research work easier.