ABUJA: THE Lagos State Government has unveiled the State Resident’s Card in a development envisaged to generate accurate data to assist the government to proper plan and execute its projects.
Speaking during a ceremony the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, urged residents of the state to register now and obtain their residency cards before the exercise winds down in June next year.
The governor noted that worthwhile development planning could not be achieved without reliable data.
He stressed that data was necessary in planning for education, health services, food and housing among other services.
“Those countries where things work are not by magic or even prayers. It is simply because they know how many they are and how many to plan for at any time. Can anyone effectively host a party when he does not know how many guests are coming?
“This is our own big step into the future for more effective science delivery to the good people of Lagos State,” Fashola said.
The State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Adebiyi Mabadeje, said it was difficult for countries achieve their full potentials without effective planning and proper allocation of resources to satisfy the citizenry.
He expressed confidence that the task of administering a cosmopolitan state as Lagos had now been made easier and the benefits of good government more evident to the people with the availability of the database.
Mabadeje stressed the need for participants to encourage residents of the state to participate in the ongoing residency registration exercise, adding that thousands of the Lagos State Residents Cards would soon be distributed to those who had earlier registered.
The General Manager of Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency (LASRRA), Yinka Fashola, said more than 2 million people had so far registered since the commencement of the exercise in 2013.
She explained that an adult resident was required to provide their address and identity-supporting documents like employee identity card, voter’s card, passport or utility bills for water, electricity for registration.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY