The Record and Information Management Awareness (RIMA) Foundation on Sunday stressed the need for effective storage of security records to enhance the country’s economic growth.

Mr Oyedokun Oyewole, the president of the foundation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos that the country lacked adequate storage facilities for keeping its vital information.

“The world is growing day-by-day; therefore, there is the need for Nigeria to grow with the global trend.

“Records and Information management awareness will help the Federal and state governments to be informed; by safe-keeping its security records effectively.

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“The system of recording and keeping vital information in the country at present is not satisfactory, hence, there is the need for the provision of adequate record storage devices,” Oyewole said.

He said that the importance of information management could not be over-emphasised, as records and information, were essential for the effective functioning of private and public organisations.
He urged both the state and Federal Governments to fund and support the growth of the system of records and information keeping in Nigeria.

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Oyewole alluding to the World Bank said that without a record management infrastructure, governments and organisations were incapable of effectively managing their current operations.

“They, therefore, have no ability to use the experience of the past to guide them in their current operations.

“Records are inextricably entwined with increased transparency,accountability and good governance,” he said.

Oyewole said that the industry had a significant value to the economy because of its essential data, record keeping and information processes.

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Oyewole said that the foundation, in the last one decade, had developed the platform for development of the Information Management and Security (IMS) industry in Africa.

“It has also been involved in different collaborative activities with different local and international organisations on information management and security awareness campaign.

“The moves are to ensure that the industry in Africa, Nigeria in particular, is able to meet up with global standard,” he said. (NAN)