The training, which took place in the GCAA conference room at Banjul International Airport, was conducted by the National Record Service (NRS).
Bartholomew Marong, the director of the NRS, speaking at the close of the three-day convergence, said: “It is part of the mandate of the NRS to train public officials in records management. Again, it is also our responsibility to ensure that there are good record keeping practices in the civil service and other institutions,” he said.
“In July 1990, the Gambian government funded a small-scale project in cooperation with Overseas Records Management Trust (ORMT) now International Records Management Trust (IRMT) to restructure the President’s Office Register as a model from which to derive lessons of good practice for the public service”, he recalled.
“During the financial year 1990-91, records management became a component of the Administrative Reform Program (ARP) of the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) of the United Kingdom and of a records management project implemented in place in the early 1990s in the Office of Personnel Management to support the ARP,” he explained.
Fatou Jobarteh Jallow, Director of Human Resources at the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), expressed her gratitude to the NRS management, especially the NRS facilitators, for successfully conducting the three-day training.
She described the training as timely as it will go a long way to improving the work of records officers at her institution.
“Now that you have gone through the records management training in the last three days, so I want you all to use the new knowledge you have acquired. The knowledge should be reflected in your work as archivists,” he said. – she noted, while assuring the head of the NRS of the commitment of his institution to continue the training of its archivists.