The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Shani Alhassan Shaibu, has entreated public officers in the five regions in the north to uphold the principles of records management.
The Minister made the appeal last Thursday at a workshop that was organised for top-level managers of public institutions in Tamale by the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS).
Mr Shaibu stressed the importance of effective records management in running the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
“It is important to note that the success of local government units, particularly MMDAs is not complete without an effective records management system,” he said.
The workshop, which was organised by the OHLGS in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), was designed to sensitise the senior staff of the MMDAs in the five regions to effectively manage records.
Before the workshop, the OHLGS and JICA engaged a consultant to develop a Records Management Manual (RMM) and a Fixed Assets Management Tool (FAMT) for the Local Government Service.
After the training, the Chief Director of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku, presented the RMM to the RCCs and the MMDAs on behalf of the Head of Local Government Service.
In his keynote address, he emphasized the centrality of effective records management.
“As a Public Service institution, the quality of the services we provide to our clients largely depends on how well we manage and provide information for effective decision-making,” he said.
Bala Ali, ISD