Mr. Muniru Kawa holds a MA in Records Management from the University of London, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He served as Head of the National Archives of Sierra Leone and as a Lecturer in Records and Information Management at the University of Sierra Leone. He has played a key role in supporting the development of records management in Sierra Leone over a period of 20 years. His survey of records management practices in Sierra Leone in 1991 provided the basis for the design of a graduate degree course in Library and Information Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1992. He has made substantial contributions to the development and implementation of records management systems in West Africa.
He played a pivotal role in the development of Sierra Leone's groundbreaking Records Management Improvement Programme, helping to plan and deliver series of highly successful projects aimed at restructuring Sierra Leone's records system, which had collapsed since independence, and linking state-of-the art records and information management processes to public sector reform.
Notably, he has helped to develop and implement an evidence-based payroll verification methodology that uses verifiable data as a basis for sustainable improvement and maintenance in payroll integrity in the public service. His ability to manage processes has contributed to establishment of information resource units within Human Resource Management Office, HR records in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, and the Teachers’ Records Office of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.