The Lagos State Residents Registration Agency on Tuesday pressed forward with its series of Stakeholders fora aimed at sensitising the public on the State Government’s Registration Exercise aimed at compiling a reliable database to assist government in providing adequate social services the 21 million people who live and work in the state.
The General Manager of Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), Ms Yinka Fashola who spoke at a Stakeholders Forum held at City Hall, Lagos said the move was to establish a reliable and updateable database of all residents of Lagos State as well as provide useful information for social, political, business and financial activities.
At the forum targeted at the Corporate Sector which had been preceded by others held in the five divisions and an Open Day for Civil Servants, said the exercise would be carried out through two methods namely through the various registration centres across the state and online registration through the internet which will have to be updated with the actual biometric capturing at the offices.
Ms Fashola who fielded questions from members of the public at the event alongside the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Onikepo Animashaun said the registration points are being opened across the state in all the Local Government Areas as well as Youth and Vocational centres.
“Mobile registration teams are being enabled to enrol all those that live in inaccessible areas, the physically challenged and elderly who might not be able to easily reach the registration stations”.
“Mobile teams will also register organisations and other business entities such as markets and factories who have large number of people on site so as not to disrupt their day to day activities. We would however not carry out door to door service”, she explained.
She said with the exercise, every resident will possess a highly secured unique identification card, saying it would also remove the veil of anonymity from every citizen of the state.
Ms Fashola said the database will serve as a register that will contain all the demographic information of all residents of the state revealing that about 1000 personnel will be engaged in the process as enrolment officers.
According to the General Manager, sophisticated technological features including finger prints will be employed to authenticate and validate the registration process as well as the identity cards, which residents will be able to utilise in transactions with any government agency.
She added: “it contains a unique reference number (residency number) that links every individual to his or her own personal and biological data. The residency number serves as a reference for the prospective individual in his/her identity proved transactions with government bodies “.
Explaining the process of registration, the General Manager said 57 registration stations have been sited within the 20 Local Government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA), urging residents to take advantage of the process.
“If you currently reside in Lagos, you are required to register .If you are newly taking up residency in the state and intend to stay for more than six months, you are also required to register. Anyone who wishes to access the services provided by Lagos State will be asked to authenticate their residency and identity”, she added.
While responding to some of the questions, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs Onikepo Animashaun said the process was not to tax residents but to authenticate the users of Lagos State Government’s services and provide an authentic data base to plan for the provision of such services.
Also speaking the Vice Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Science and Technology, Hon Gbolahan Yishau said the registration process when completed will assist government in planning as well as allocating resources where it is needed.
“This process will allow government to determine the overall resources required to formulate and implement policies, projects and programmes when the number to cater for is known. It will also allow for proper allocation of resources to the appropriate sectors of the economy to meet the needs of residents of the state”, Hon Yishau said.
The event was attended by representatives of various corporate concerns, some members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, other top government officials and members of the public.