The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Alpha Kanu said that “the National Public Archives Act 1965 is obsolete and ready for a review”.
He made this statement yesterday in a stakeholders consultation workshop held at the British Council hall in Freetown, organized by the Society for Knowledge Management Sierra Leone (SKM-SL).The theme of the workshop was “Taking care of the past and looking into the future”.
The Minister added that the National Public Archives Act 1965 was intended to gather public records, documents and other historical matter of every kind, adding that there was nothing on electronics internet records in 1965.
He said that in this 21st Century, information and communications technology has advanced so much so, that a virtual global village concept has become a reality, stating this in this 21st Century, the utilization of the electromagnetic spectrum on the right side of the rainbow where all various magic information and communications technologies take place in turning the world into a global village has been realized.
Kanu stated that for us here in Sierra Leone, “we are leap- frogging into information and communication technology. “Recently, we launched the fibre optic cable, which will enable us to join the global village, faster and more effectively”.
The Information Minister reiterated that under the leadership of President Koroma, “we formulated an ICT Policy which to some extent addresses electronic records and achieving concerns”.
He stated that “we are presently debating a Bill in Parliament entitled ‘Right to Access to Information’ which has the potential to be enacted by the House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone”.
By Abibatu Kamara