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CNDRA Wants US$ 5M To Modernize Archives

The Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) Director General, Emmanuel A. Lomax, says a little over US$ 5 million is needed for the implementation of the agency’s five-year strategic plan. Speaking in Monrovia at the recent dedication of the newly refurbished Marriage Section and the Department of Programs and Projects, DG Lomax said part of the ambition plan will lead to the digitization of the Liberian Archives and the construction of a National Public Library.
The CNDRA boss stated that the dedication of the refurbished Marriage Section and the Program and Projects Department depicts a huge achievement for his CNDRA administration and the CDC-led government.
“Now that we have unveiled the two sections, I expect an excellent working environment that will in return give us productivity. We think that there will be lots of values added to the archives as we progress in the coming years,” he observed.
The National Archives Director General is at the same time encouraging employees of government to double their efforts in serving the state because according to him, officials and employees of government should follow the example of President George M. Weah with the aim of working in the interest of the public by providing the favorable working environment for its citizens.
Meanwhile, Director General Lomax promised that the administration of CNDRA will obligate itself to the confidence bestowed in him by the President of Liberia in making CNDRA great and powerful again pointing out, “Over the last ten months, we started the rebranding exercise of CNDRA with the quest of making it technical and accessible to the public.”
The Director of Programs and Projects, Paylay Halay, said his office will ensure that more new developments will be established for the institution adding, “We will work in collaboration with administration to ensure that we have a digital records management system at the National Archives of Liberia which will permit the entity from searching manually for records.
“Search for records and other legal instruments will be done electronically as soon as a client makes his/her request in few minutes; our digital record management system will be able to display the information,” he said.
The Registrar of the Marriage Section, Ayessatu K. Carpenter, lauded the administration of the CNDRA for the huge level of transformation taking place within the institution since the arrival of DG Lomax and noted that the transformation of both departments marks another great milestone for the National Archives of Liberia family.

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