The wife of the governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has called for the return of History as a subject to the school curriculum in the state.

A statement on Wednesday said she spoke during a facility tour of the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau.

According to the statement, she commended the agency for preserving the historical records of the state, adding that tours should be organised for students to have firsthand information about the rich history of Lagos.

“I strongly believe that History as a subject should be returned to our school curriculum, just as keeping monuments in archives for posterity is key. For instance, the dress I wore on the inauguration day could be archived for children to see and appreciate in the years to come, just as the dress Queen Elizabeth wore during her visit to Nigeria in 1960 is being preserved,” she added.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Olusina Thorpe, said since LASRAB was home to artefacts, culture and history, it was imperative that records were digitally stored so they could be accessed at the touch of a button.

The Director-General of the agency, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, said since the establishment of the bureau, it had provided accurate records for planning and policy creation, adding that it had also served as a tourist destination.

She urged individuals, families and corporate organisations “with records of enduring value” to donate them to the agency for preservation.

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