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Lagos braces up for more efficient services delivery via residents registration
September 16th, 2013 10:27 pm
From all indications, Lagos State is now set to begin the registration of all residents in a strategic move to scale up its developmental plans, especially as the state inches closer to its mega city aspiration. This is also aimed at consolidating on the achievements of the past years with a view to fast-tracking developmental process and bringing impact of good governance to the door step of all and sundry in the state.
 
Already, pilot phase of the scheme has commenced with the registration of over 60,000 civil and public servants in the state. And with this, the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency is set to begin the exercise that would produce a database of all Lagos residents.
 
Section 10 of the state’s law establishing the registration agency states that the agency shall create a reliable data base of all residents of Lagos State with a view to providing useful information for social welfare, political, security, business, employment, financial activities, housing and demography statistics for health- related matters such as provision of health insurance, for the purpose of facilitating unified planning and implementation of development projects. The law also states that the agency will have a data bank for all residents of the state, provide residency cards for them to ease identification, generate health statistics in the state for Health Insurance Scheme, while it will also help to verify compliance with relevant laws and regulations of the state.
 
Governor Babatunde Fashola had noted that the exercise would assist the government planning more efficiently for services to be delivered to the people. "It will enable us to know how many people depend on us for water. How many millions of gallons of water is required in what area. How many children are in the state in the real definitive term. How many people is our economy supporting and what more do they require from us," the Governor explained.
 
Speaking on the readiness of the government to commence the exercise, the State’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, said the exercise was borne out of the need to integrate the residents of Lagos State into e- government initiatives so as to enable the services provided by the government to be fully utilized” and ‘to provide a more accurate picture for government policy and planning”.
 
He added that it was for this reason that the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) signed the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency Bill into law on the 27th of June, 2011, stressing that data collected through the agency and the residency card issued to residents would “allow for a reliable method of authenticating and identifying residents”. He also stated that residents of the State would be able to enjoy the e-services provided by the State Government after they are registered.
 
According to the Commissioner the agency had already acquired 60 registration stations across the State, adding that more station would further be acquired for the exercise. From the pilot scheme carried out among the state’s civil servants, he said the government has discovered that there are 49,000 teaching and non teaching staff in the State Primary and Secondary Schools contrary to the old figure of 32,000. He said this was achieved through collaboration with the Six Education Districts in the State and the State Universal Basic Education Board. Mabadeje also disclosed that the Ministry had used the data captured from the registration of employees of the State Government to print over 3000 identity cards for some of the staff.
 
By the time the exercise is fully commenced, Lagosians would be doing themselves a great favour by getting registered with the agency. Of course, aside from helping the government to plan more efficiently, this is also a way of giving every Lagos residents a sense of belonging, irrespective of their origin or ethnic affiliation. 
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