'Why Fashola Must Fund LASRAB'


I f Governor Babatunde Fashola does not sustain the funding of the Lagos State Records and Archive Bureau, LASTRAB, the project may yet become another White Elephant.

In the world over, archives constitute the memory of all communities, societies and nations. Archival records are preserved for their legal value or enduring historical significance and constitute a key cultural heritage and information resource. The archival heritage is a valuable testimony to the socio-political and economic development of humanity.

At the unveiling of the edifice archive last week at Magodo area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, stakeholders called for sustained funding of the monument so that it will not go down the drain.

Former Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, now a member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele was very passionate about the unveiling of the edifice which he supervised its building before vacating office last year.

According to Opeyemi, if the archive was to be preserved for long, Fashola must ensure continuous funding of the agency.

“I am appealing to the governor to ensure a continuous funding of the agency at least for the next three years so that it will be better positioned to serve every agency of the government,”

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According to Prof. Ayodele Olukoju, Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, the unveiling of the bureau represented a milestone in the preservation of historical artifacts of Lagos.

Olukoju, a professor of History was represented by Prof. Hakeem Danmole, Head, Department of History, Lagos State University, LASU.

He said to sustain the bureau, Fashola must ensure continuous funding of the project and ensure supply of materials to it always or the project would be another stillborn.

“LASRAB must be the first port call for all who seek knowledge about the events that have shaped us as a people and as a part of this great nation. The place of Lagos in the history and development of Nigeria is too important to ignore.

“We must therefore set about the task of collating and preserving information for generations yet unborn, with diligence and creativity and all available opportunities to retrieve information must be fully exploited,” Fashola said, while commissioning the edifice.

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