Ms Hawa Ghasia

Top officials holding Public offices have been reminded of their responsibility to keep safe government records in their respective offices.

Speaking here on Saturday when laying a foundation stone where the new National Records Centre is being contructed, the Minister of State in the President’s Office, Public Service Management, Ms Hawa Ghasia, said the public depends on well kept records to access their right.

“Once completed, the National Records Centre will increase efficiency and improve service to the public by government,” Ms Ghasia added.The centre, Ms Ghasia noted, will be linked to the central government through e-government information technology to ease access of stored records.

“So it is important that all records are safely stored, so that they can be collected and stored at the new centre,” she said and added that the centre would be the headquarters.The Minister noted that the main challenge ahead was to ensure the centre performed its duty efficiently.

“It is my expectation that once completed, the government will set aside a budget for it to operate efficiently,” she added.The Minister urged the new advisory board inaugurated on Friday to ensure the centre execute its duty to the expectation of public and government.

She expressed appreciation to developmental partners; World Bank, DFID, Canada and Denmark for collaborating with the government to build the centre.Ms Ghasia also promised to assist the Dodoma Regional Office get a modern building.

Earlier in her key not speech, the Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Ms Rehema Nchimbi, asked the government for assistance to complete construction of Regional Commissioner’s Office.Meanwhile, a new centre for preserving records and archives of the founding father of the nation is set to be constructed in Bagamoyo.

The Minister of State in the President’s Office, Public Service and Management, Ms Hawa Ghasia, said this yesterday when she launched a new advisory board of the Department of Records and Archives. Ms Ghasia called on the new board to work together with her office in ensuring construction of the new centre that will house all records of Mwalimu Nyerere and Abeid Amani Karume.

“In this issue, we are depending heavily on the board’s advice and to assist in ensuring the centre is completed on time so that the records of our founding father can be stored,” she noted.She urged the advisory board to ensure information technology infrastructures were put in place to enable modern ways of preserving records and archives.

The Records and Advisory board has 10 members, comprising of representatives from Zanzibar, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, and two women with experience in similar fields.Earlier, the Parmanent Secretary in the Office of the President, Public Service and Management, Mr George Yambesi, said the department of Records and Archives was facing a number of challenges including lack of experts in the field of preserving records and archives.

By Rose Athumani, Tanzania Daily News

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