Tuesday, March 8, 2016




The Wife of the   Vice President, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur has implored on the Association of Archivists and Records Managers in Ghana, to show greater commitments in the discharge of their work in order to win the heart of many Ghanaians to their profession.


According to her, they have an up-hill tasked to change the erroneous impression of many Ghanaians on the relevance of good records keeping and the proper documentation of archival materials.


Mrs. Amissah-Arthur gave these remarks during the inauguration of Archivists and Records Managers Association of Ghana (ARMAG), at the University of Ghana, on the 24th February, 2016, in Accra.

The Memberships of the Association include the Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD), The SSNIT Record Management Unit, and Some Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organizations who are into Record Keeping and Management in Ghana.

She further  bemoaned  the lackadaisical attitudes  on  the part of some Ghanaians on  Record Keeping practice  which she stressed that needed  urgent action which the leadership  of   association  should nip  in the bud.

Mrs. Amissah-Arthur,  who is a librarian  by profession was also  the  one  time President of  the  Ghana Library Association,  further entreated  the association to work extra hard in driving the vision they stood for.


The Chief Director at The Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), Mrs. Cynthia Asare Bediako, in her key note address, intimated that records keeping management as an administrative component of the Civil Servant is crucial in the running of government business and essential for national development.

Mrs.  Asare Bediako, reiterated the role poor records keeping played in the Judgment Debt Commission’s Report and called on Public Records Management to be up and doing.

She further  charged the Association to partner  government  and  other  relevant  players in the sector  to review existing legislations that  would enable them to conform to  the  international  practices and standard of  record  keeping in Ghana.

In his welcome Remarks, Professor Harry Akussah, who also doubles as the Chairman of the occasion, used the privilege to commend record management at the Electoral Commission (EC) for providing the documentations during the election petition hearing. 


He said without records the security of the nation could have been compromised.

On her part, the president of the Ghana Library Association, Professor Perpetual Dadzie, stressed that by 2030, the association should be able to provide access to public information and cultural preservation for the country.

She observed that proper records keeping allows organizations to increase efficiency in their overall functions adding that it is the fuel of every undertakings.

The Deputy Director of the Auditor General’s Department, Mr. Akuamoah Asiedu and the guest speak for the occasion, said proper records keeping provides accountability and transparency for all government business and operations, and also a critical part of governance process.  He was emphatic on the critical role records have on the work of the Audit General.  He said without it, there would be no Auditor General’s Department. 


He indicated that the work of the Auditor General depends largely on records such that they are very interested in the Association and its success.  He therefore called on the new Executives to ensure that the association live from generation to generation.