The Director General-designate of the Center for National Documents and Records Agency has promised to decentralize the agency’s services across the country to allow people easily access national documents.
C. Neileh Daitouah said when the services of the agency are decentralized, it would afford accessibility of important national documents such as Marriage Certificates and Licenses to Liberians.
CNDRA, one of government’s revenue generating institutions is responsible for the issuance of marriage certificates and Licenses.
It currently has fourteen outstation Marriage Registries in fourteen counties.
Mr. Daitouah told reporters that the outstation registrars traveled from their respective counties of assignment to Monrovia office to process Marriage Certificates and Licenses for applicants.
“Interestingly, certificates and Licenses design for outstation registries are signed and sealed by the Montserrado County’s Registrar, thus rendering the outstation Registrars incapacitated,” he said.
He said most of the applicants from those outstation counties are usually responsible to facilitate the transportation to and fro Monrovia.
Mr. Daitouah said “I strongly think and feel that this is an unacceptable burden for our people commuting from far distances to get services.’’
The CNDRA Director General designate said if confirmed by the Liberian Senate, he will put in place the necessary technical mechanism that will enable outstation registrars to process, sign and seal at their respective centers’ marriage certificates and Licenses to complete the decentralization and independence of the outstation registries.
According to him, he intends to reintroduce the manual recordings system of legal instruments to preserve the nation’s heritage.
He said the system is best and widely used for preservation of legal instruments compared to the digital scanning process now at the National Archives.
Mr. Daitouah alleged that the manual recordings of legal instruments was put aside by his immediate predecessor, using the digital scanning process as the only means for preservation of Deeds, titles and other legal instruments.
Mr. Daitouah, former Director General at the CNDRA during the regime of former President Charles Taylor, claimed that the digital scanning system used by his predecessor Madam Bloh Sayeh is a recipe for loss of the country’s records because there is a likelihood that the computer system may crash.
“The manual recordings of records serve as major and reliable backups for preservation of records,” he said.