NATIONAL ARCHIVES DECREE 1992

Decree No. 30
[8th July, 1992]

THE FEDERAL MILITARY GOVERNMENT hereby
decrees as follows:

PART I - ESTABLISHMENT OFTHE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF NIGERIA, ETC

1. Establishment and general functions of the National Archives of Nigeria
2. Appointment and functions of the Director, etc.


Establishment of the National Archives of Nigeria

1.- (1 )There is hereby established a Federal Department to be called the National Archives of Nigeria (in this Decree referred to as "the National Archives") which shall be entrusted with the permanent custody, care and control of all archives of the Federal Government and of such other archives or historical records as may be required, from time to time, pursuant to this Decree.

(2)The National Archives shall have such number of branches as the Minister may, from time to time determine.

Appointment and Functions of the Director, etc

2.- (1) There shall be a Director of the NationalArchives who shall be appointed in accordance with provisions of the law for the time being in force relating to the appointment of officers in the civil service of the Federation.

(2) The Director, under the direction of the Minister, shall have the general function of organizing and managing the National Archives and the services provide in pursuance of this
Decree and shall, in particular –

(a) give advice on all matters relating to records and archives to all public and State offices, business houses, companies, private bodies and individual who may request his advice;

(b) carry out the appraisal and selection of records for permanent preservation and their arrangement, classification, listing and provide means of reference to the archives in the
NationalArchives;

(c) prepare and publish, with the assistance and advice of the Council established under section 47 of this Decree, periodical publications, historical and archival monographs,
catalogues and guides, publications of historical sources of national interest (including works resulting from archival, historical and general research by the officers of the National Archives);

(d) select and microfilm all archives essential to the Continuity of the Federal Government;

(e) make arrangements for the housing of films, other records and archives which require to be kept under special conditions;

(f) cause archives to be repaired and bound or otherwise dealt with as necessary for their better preservation;

(g) promote the advancement of historical and cultural knowledge and the knowledge of the contents of Nigerian archives by –

(i) establishing and maintaining a research library which may be made accessible to such leading archival institutions and persons as he may think fit and upon such terms and conditions as he may consider necessary;

(ii) organizing seminars, visits, exhibitions, lectures, in-service training, courses, meetings and conferences;

(h) conduct research into the archives on behalf of public and state offices, business houses, companies, private bodies and individuals, subject to the payment of appropriate fees;

(i) reproduce and duplicate records and archives;

(j) lend archives in the National Archives, with the approval of the Minister, for display at commemorative exhibitions or for other special purposes;

(k) establish or assist in the establishment of local training centres in records and archives management and ancillary fields;

(l) establish, with the approval of the Minister relationship with foreign or international organizations on all matters relating to records and archives; and

(m) perform such other functions as are prescribed by this Decree

(3) The staff of the National Archives shall consist of such other officers and employees as may be appointed in accordance with the provisions of the law for the time being in force relating to the appointment of officers in the civil service of the Federation.

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