The Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) would tentatively commence the issuance of permanent residency registration cards to registered residents of the State by June, 2014.
The General Manager of the Agency Ms. Yinka Fashola disclosed this today during an interactive section with the press in LASRRA Headquarters’ office in Ikeja.
According to Ms. Fashola over one million residents of the State were registered by her Agency as at the end of January adding that 42 percent of those registered resides in the Ikeja division of the State.
Speaking further she said that the percentage of the registration in the Ikeja division is closely followed by that of Ikorodu which is followed by Lagos Island, Epe and Badagry.
Ms Fashola reiterated that the essence of the residency registration is to provide government with the accurate and update-able data for planning and resources allocation.
She stressed that area with heavy population needs to be rapidly developed because they make more demands on the resources of the State, pointing that data would enable government to determine such areas and what facility is required by different parts of the State.
She noted that the requirement for registration includes prove of residency and that of identification but observed that a lot of residents have a challenge with it because of lack of documentation.
Ms. Fashola disclose that a lot of people have documents which they think is not appropriate, speaking further she advised that LASRRA registration officers should be allowed to determine which document is correct or not.
Using Makoko as a case study the General Manager of LASRRA said that the issue encountered there by her Agency was that of residential addresses adding that LASRRA started working with the people on how to resolve it and that registration commenced there on Saturday.
As the December 1, 2013, deadline set by the Lagos State Government to customize its facilities for only residents who have registered with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) draws nearer, the government has called on Lagosians to hasten to complete their registration with the agency to enable them beat the deadline.Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, who made the call while fielding questions from newsmen in Alausa said the call became necessary as residents will from that date be required to produce their LASRRA Card, as evidence of registration, to be able to access government facilities.
He explained that data is a key ingredient of planning; governments that are desirous of planning well will always rely on data rather than guess work. He said the State is committed to having a reliable data base with which to plan well for the particular needs of areas so that government facilities would be provided as required rather than “as we think”.
According to Ibirogba, the deadline became necessary because as the year draws to an end, government would have to plan well for the coming year to ensure that the resources available to it are deployed to provision of facilities as will be beneficial to the people based on the available data defining the demographies of areas and their priorities.
He said although the exercise will still be on-going as there is no deadline for it, government will from that date (December 1) make the registration a condition precedent to the use of the state provided facilities like enrolment of pupils in school, accessing of free health and other people oriented programmes of the government.
As he said, the State attached much importance to the exercise, which would ensure that all Lagosians, regardless of tribe or state of origin, were registered to build a reliable data for the government, stressing, “All we intend to achieve with the registration exercise is to build a reliable data base to be used for official planning and projections, as well as for security purposes. Such a data base would help us to know exactly how many people need that. It is for the overall development of the state and the security of the people”.
Ibirogba urged residents to disregard any misleading insinuations about the exercise, as it was purely for planning and security purpose, adding that “it is free of charge and has no political ethnic or collection.”
Meanwhile, the LASRRA has advised resident who want to register to visit
registration centres with their rent receipt/utility bills and any of the
following; international passport, employee’s Identification Card with address
and logo of employer, National ID Card or National Driving License, Students’
ID Card, Tax Card or Receipt or letter of identification from Parent/ CDA
Householder or registered association or organization to hasten their
The Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency (LASRRA) has stressed the need for residents to provide the necessary documents required for the residency registration in order to complete their registration process and be captured.
The General Manager of LASRRA Ms. Yinka Fashola made this known during a chat with some members of the press on the activities of her Agency recently.
According to Ms. Fashola the importance of residents providing the required documentary proofs at the various residency registration centres around the State before their registration cannot be over emphasised.
She said the two vital documents that are required before anybody can be registered as a resident in Lagos State includes the Proof of the individual’s identification as well as the proof of their residency.
Continuing she said everybody is expected to bring along the necessary documents to support their identity and their address claim to any of the 200 registration centres spread across the 20 Local Government Secretariat and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State.
Speaking further, the General Manager of LASRRA disclosed that her Agency would accept utility bills such as that of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), LAWMA bill, Rent receipt, water bill and any formal documents that show the residential address of individuals.
Ms. Fashola while revealing that everybody residing in the State is expected to participate in the registration exercise noted that children who are below the age of 16 years are not required to be physically present at the registration centres for registration.
She said that children below age 16 can be registered by their parents or guardians adding that a copy of the birth certificate of each child as well as two passport photograph of each child should be provided.
While calling on the State residents to take advantage of the on-going exercise and participate in the residency registration, she stressed that the registration and the subsequent cards that would be issued to residents are free of charge.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) Ms. Yinka Fashola has called on the Estate, Rent and Commission Agents Association of Nigeria (ERCAAN) to encourage its membership to participate in the on-going residents’ registration exercise in the State.
Ms. Fashola made the call while addressing members of the association recently during the 17th Annual General Meeting of ERCAAN held at the Adeyemi – Bero auditorium of the Lagos State Secretariat in Alausa.
According to her, LASRRA was established to develop an accurate and updatable database to enhance effective government planning and enable adequate infrastructural development in the State.
She stressed the need for every residents in the State either old or young including babies to be registered with her Agency adding that the two basic requirement for the registration are prove of residency as well as prove of identity.
Continuing, Ms. Fashola said that the biometrics of all 10 fingers of residents’ would be required for the registration exercise as well as their photograph and signature for registration to be complete after which a temporary residency card would be issued to them.
Ms. Fashola also said that her Agency mobile registration team has been visiting established Housing Estates, Organizations and Markets within the State to register people adding that associations with over 100 staff should contact LASRRA for their registration.
The General Manager revealed that ERCAAN and its members would benefits a lot in participating in the residents’ registration exercise as it would avail them the necessary statistical data to market their services to their clients.
In his response, Mr. Godwin Alenkhe the Lagos State Chairman of ERCAAN thanked Ms. Fashola for making out time to enlighten its members on the activities of LASRRA.
By Tayo Ogunbiyi
As usual with most government policies and programmes, the recently inaugurated Lagos residents registration scheme is being viewed by different people from diverse perspectives. While some see it as a laudable plan, others see it as needless and unnecessary.
A number of people even perceive it as another strategy by the Lagos State government to bring more people into the tax net. This divergence of views over the project is, however, not surprising considering the metropolitan trait of Lagos State as a melting pot with over 20 million inhabitants that cut across different ethnic, tribal, religious, political, social and religious divides. It is, however, important that more light is shed on this novel government programme for a proper understanding of its intents and objectives.
To start with, on the insinuation that the programme is principally a tax drive’s stratagem, the Governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, has allayed that misgiving. While flagging off the residents registration exercise, the governor explained that it is not a tax drive as being speculated in some quarters, but one meant to guarantee adequate planning structure on where and how to provide required infrastructure for its residents. For instance, the database will help plan for housing and health-related matters such as health insurance as well as facilitate implementation of development projects.
A unique trait of the 21st century is its copious technological innovations. We are in a technologically driven age and any group of people or government that is oblivious of this reality would be left behind. Society has become more mobile and the information held electronically about persons and services by government agencies and other bodies have substantially increased. Hence, there is a growing need to integrate the residents of Lagos State into e-government initiatives to enable the services provided by government to be fully utilised and also provide an accurate picture for government policy and planning.
This initiative has the potential to address key challenges facing e-government and other initiatives. Various e-government initiatives have been enabled to collect electronic data and each operates autonomous of each other. To provide a more accurate picture for government policies and planning, a link must be established between these various stores of data.
Consequently, the residents’ registration programme is expected to provide the state government with an electronic database with centralised, trust-worthy and comprehensive source of information that would assist the state government with decision-making process and allocation of resources as it contains important and vital information about residents of the state.
The project targets everyone who lives in the state irrespective of state of origin. However, indigenes of the state that live in other parts of the country are not eligible for the registration, but any person, who lives in the state or is coming to live in the state for over six months, is eligible for registration. Residents can approach all the centres provided by the agency in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas, to register.
Every one that is currently residing in the state is required to register. Once you have been residing in the state for six months or more, you are eligible to register. After registration, quality checks are done followed by correction processes (where required). The data is then sent to the database, where the data undergoes various stages of screening and validations. This ensures that the source of data is authenticated ensuring that no duplicate exists. Thereafter, the resident’s unique identification number is generated. In case of any errors, the record goes on hold for further enquiry. Corrective actions are taken on such as contacting the applicant via the contact information given. This may take over five weeks to resolve. If a card needs to be replaced due to loss, theft or change of information, the resident should contact any of the registration stations across the state and make a request.
Immediately a resident is registered, he or she
will be issued a temporary card with a unique identity number which will remain
with the person for life, while his/her data is processed, verified and
corrected, if necessary, before a permanent card is issued.
Every resident is eligible to register and be issued with the exclusive number, but only those from the age of 16 years above would obtain personal cards. Those below 16 would be registered as dependents of adult residents and will only get their own unique numbers when they attain the age of 16.
Residents could be captured either directly at the registration centres across the state or on the Internet. However, those that choose to input their personal data on the Internet via www.lagosresidents.gov.ng would still need to visit the designated centres to get their biometric information captured.
In order to institutionalise the project, the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, LASRRA, was established in 2011 by an enactment of state law, by which it was fully empowered to implement residents database and identification card programme for Lagos State.
The goals of the agency include, establishing a reliable and updateable database of all residents of Lagos State, providing useful information for social, political, business and financial activities, creating and documenting a unique means of identification of Lagos State residents, providing a highly secured identification card for all residents of the state and removing the veil of anonymity from every citizen of the state.
On a final note, the vision behind the residents
registration initiative was to create a conurbation where every community has
exactly enough public schools to cater for the children in it with the students
having enough infrastructure, teachers and resources to get the best possible
education, where the travel time was short and predictable, where there are
enough hospitals, beds, doctors and nurses, where water runs in taps 24 hours
every day and power was stable.
Any government that exists for the people and not otherwise, must make data collection and management a critical aspect of its activities. Since, the people remain a focal point of the present government in Lagos State; it is imperative that government gathers and collates needed information that could enhance effective service delivery to the people. This is what the residents’ registration programme of the state government intends to achieve.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency (LASRRA), Ms. Yinka Fashola has described her Agency as the strategy of State Government to ensure even distribution of resources to meet the needs of the people.
The General Manager of LASRRA made this known recently during a chat with pressmen on the activities of her Agency in registering the residents of the State.
Addressing the press, Ms. Fashola said that the purpose of establishing LASRRA is to ensure proper planning and allocation of available resources in the State to satisfy the growing needs of the people.
She stressed that for any government to be able to satisfy the peoples demand, there is the need to ascertain the specific needs of the people residing in the different Local Government and Council Development Areas in the State.
Ms. Fashola said that the data that would be generated from the registration of the people would enable Government distinguished every individual in the State for proper planning and resource allocation because a unique reference number would be generated for all registered residents.
She noted that the registration date to be generated would be in the interest of not only the government, but the business community as well as the residents since all would benefit from it, adding that it would also help in the creation of employment opportunities.
She revealed the means of registration to include either online through the Agency’s website, or direct registration at the various registration centres across the State adding registration can be done in any of the Local Government/Local Council Development Areas, Youth Development Centres and some skill acquisition centres around the State.
Speaking on the most recent challenges of the organization, General Manager of LASRRA observed that it is ensuring documentation to authenticate the records of the individual registering; she said that the requirements are proof of residency as well as proof of identification.
While saying that the provision of the required documentation had been a challenge to the people, she disclosed that the Obas, Bales and Chiefs in the State have been collaborating with the Agency, by authenticating the residents in their various communities through the use of their official stamps.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday allayed the fears of some residents and dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the residents’ registration project of the state was designed for the purpose of taxation.
However, the governor said the registration was meant to collect basic information about every resident of the state, which according to him, would be used for economic planning and development.
Making the clarification at the unveiling of the registration exercise at the state secretariat, Fashola noted that the registration was to enable the state government generate a dependable database of all residents, which he said, would help in planning for development purpose.
According to him, the registration “is a watershed in the history of the state as it is most important step taken by the state government towards service delivery. It is to build a Lagos where all communities have enough schools with the right and enough facilities to educate our children.”
Fashola explained that those who reside outside the state “are no less important, but we do not provide water, transportation, education, security, road infrastructure and other services for them.”
The governor stated, “if you imagine a Lagos where you have enough hospitals with all facilities to treat the sick; a state where you have a 24 hour electricity supply and a Lagos where you open your taps and water flows at all times, then you will understand why we are embarking on this exercise”.
He acknowledged that the state had some considerable credible data, which he said, had been gathered for different purposes over the years, though said there “are still gaps to fill and a lot of data integration need to be done.”
“While we now have credible data of vehicle owners, it is obvious that not all residents own vehicles or can afford to do so. While we have data of some tax payers, it is obvious that not all residents are employed and that some are not taxable.
“Even if we had the data of all tax payers, it will not cover those who are unemployed for whom we have a greater responsibility,” Fashola said.
He explained that the registration was designed “to enable us have a reliable database of all residents so that we can plan better and increase access to government services.”
Fashola said the registration was only for residents irrespective of their ethnic and religious background, saying anybody who had lived in the state for at least six months was eligible to be captured.
The governor explained that indigenes of the state, who were currently living elsewhere, would not be captured as they no longer fall under the direct responsibility of the state government.
He said residents would be issued permanent identification card upon registration and that they would use it to access services at hospitals, schools and other public institutions.
In her address, Chief Executive Officer of the state Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), Ms. Olayinka Fashola, said residents could be captured either directly at the registration centres across the state or do so on the internet.
She, however, added that those who choose to input their personal data on www.lagosresidents.gov.ng would still need to visit the designated centres to get their biometric information captured.
Fashola said residents below the age of 16 would not be issued permanent ID cards upon registration until they got to the specified age, saying mobile centres had been created to guarantee access to the old and the weak.
According to her, special centres had also been created to address any issues that might arise from the registration, adding that about 1,455 residents had been engaged directly and indirectly for the exercise.
SOURCE: Information Nigeria.
In the bid to ensure accurate and reliable database for planning and development, the Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has officially launched the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and the registration exercise.
Speaking at the event which took place today at the State Auditorium (Adeyemi-Bero Hall) the Governor disclosed that data gathering is the most demanding currency in the world today adding that any Government that understands its primary purpose would pursue data generation and management.
He noted that the State is changing for the better and disclosed that the launch of the data management Agency is the biggest plan of his administration in the quest to moving the state to the desired dream and expected destination of infrastructural development.
The Governor stressed that the launch of LASRRA is perhaps the most important step the current administration has taken towards delivering its campaign promises of a Brighter Rewarding Future during the election period to people of Lagos State.
He stressed that the registration exercise of LASRRA is for all residents and not indigenes or citizens, stressing that the State is not concerned about where you came from but the fact that you reside in Lagos so that effective planning implementation could be done for infrastructural development.
Fashola acknowledged that a lot of credible data exist which were gathered over the years from various government activities but, observed that the gaps that exist in the available data is what the residents registration initiative is expected to fill up.
The Lagos State Governor further stressed the need to continue to gather and manage data to help government focus on even infrastructural development across the State, adding that if you cannot measure a thing you cannot manage it.
While disclosing that a permanent plastic identification card would be issued free of charge to all who has registered after a confirmation, he charged the residents avoid double registration because the system used by LASRRA cannot be compromised.
He then called on leaders and well-meaning individuals in the State to mobilize people in their various locations to register as only the residents can give the best by coming out to register.
Earlier in his welcome address the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Science and Technology Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje said the registration initiative is to guide deployment of resources in line with the present administration’s policy of delivering people oriented programmes.
In her remarks the General Manager of LASRRA Ms. Yinka Fashola said the no business can realize its full potentials without the availability of the necessary information for planning and development.
She said LASRRA was established as one of the pacesetting initiative of the Lagos State Government to generate an accurate database for planning and assist government the infrastructural development of resources around the state.
The General Manager of LASRRA revealed that two modes of registration exist which are the online via a link in the LASRRA’s website and direct registration by visiting any of the various registration centers across the State, adding that for which ever method registration is not complete without the biometrics capturing and signature of the applicants.
According to the State Commissioner for Works Dr. Obafemi Hamzat 30 Countries of the world are embarking on residents’ registration, because the need for database have been realized by people and governments adding that Lagos cannot be left behind and called on the people to register.
While giving the vote of thanks the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Mrs. Onikepo Animashaun expressed appreciation to all for their presence at the occasion and thanked the State administration for the continued commitment in providing a reliable database for the State.
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.
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The Lagos State House of Assembly, House Committee, Vice Chairman on Education, Science and Technology, Honourable Gbolahan Yishawu has called on Chief Executives of Corporate organizations to support the resident registration project of the Lagos State Residents registration Agency (LASRRA).
The call was made today during a stakeholders meeting organized by LASRRA to sensitize and mobilize support for the residents registration exercise of the Agency’s.
According to the honourable, the residents’ registration would be a continuous thing since it is a programme that would provide government with the relevant information for better service delivery to the people.
The House Committee Vice Chairman on Education as well as Science and Technology observed that the issue of identity faced by corporate organization would be better addressed when the records of residents in the state is known.
While disclosing some of the benefits of the registration to corporate organizations as assisting them to know who their customers are, what kind of business to venture into, he said, as long as you are an employer in Lagos you need to key into the programme.
In her remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Onikepo Animashaun, urged the residents to ensure that they get involved and register, adding that the registration exercise is for the benefit of all the residents in the State.
Earlier in her remark, the General Manager of the Agency, Ms. Yinka Fashola, said the essence of the registration is to generate information that would enhance development.
She noted that everybody residing in Lagos would be registered, but stressed that the biometrics of children who are under 16 years would not be taken due to its irregular nature
Ms. Fashola revealed that registration centers are being opened in the Local Government Areas, the Local Council Development Areas as well as Youth Centers across the state to make it accessible and closer to the people. She added that the Agency has also developed mobile registration team who would be going to large organizations with up to 100 or more staff to register them.
Press and Public Relations Officer
16th April, 2013
In preparation for the commencement of its statutory responsibility of registering the residents of Lagos State, the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) has organized a one open day for public and civil servants in the state.
Speaking at the occasion the General manger of LASRRA, Ms. Yinka Fashola said the essence of the event is to intimate the state officials who are major stakeholders of the coming residency registration and to garner their support for the success of the exercise.
She said the resident registration is necessary in order to provide government with an updatable database all those who resides in the state to ensure effective planning and resource allocation.
According to the General Manager of LASRRA the meeting is also crucial to provide opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and make contributions that would enable the enlightenment of the public and success of the registration exercise.
Ms. Fashola noted that her Agency had earlier organized stakeholders meetings across the five divisions of the State, stressing that another one is planned for the captain of industries to ensure that everybody is included.
She said the registration exercise is for everybody including children residing in Lagos State irrespective of their age, tribe, religion, social status or nationality as long as they reside in Lagos State.
She revealed that in preparation for the actual registration of the Lagos State Residents the Agency has commenced the process of the employment of 1500 applicants as enrollment officers to be deployed across the State
While responding to questions on whether people working in Lagos State but residing outside the state can participate in the registration, she said, the laws establishing the Agency is being considered to determine the eligibility of such registration.
She said the registration exercise is a continuous process that hospital patients who are on admission can wait after recovery to go for their registration while residents who have traveled abroad can either register online and later come for biometrics or register when they are back in the state.
Ms. Fashola stressed that the registration exercise is free and compulsory for the State residents, adding that the two methods of registration that would be employed are the online registration and the direct registration by LASRRA staff.
The General Manager also disclosed that for either of the methods, the registration would not be complete without capturing the biometrics and digital image of the applicant and signature for adults after which a receipt of registration would be issued.
The Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards efficient service delivery to the state residents.
Speaking at a Stakeholders meeting organized by the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) for Ikeja Division of the state, the Governor assured that the campaign promises made to the electorate during the election would be fulfilled.
The Governor who was represented at the event by the State Head of Service Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe said that his administration has continued to make itself accessible to the general public through the regular publication of the phone numbers of the state public office holders.
He disclosed that the State in the bid to increase the quality of service delivery to residents just last week Saturday, commenced Saturday operations in three of its Ministries
Continuing, he said that the stakeholders meetings are part of the State Government strategy to deepen the process of an increased service delivery to the people by the development of essential tools through interaction.
He charged the stakeholders to participate actively and make useful contributions as Government can only plan better and increase service delivery to the people when the demographics of residents is known.
In his remark, the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and technology vice Chairman, Honourable Gbolahan Yishawu, enumerated some of the benefits of residents’ registration to include: increase in security management as well as creating the enabling environment for better credit facilities when people are identifiable and urged the participants to support the exercise.
Earlier in her remarks, the General Manager of LASRRA Ms. Yinka Fashola said the essence of the meeting is to provide opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions and make contributions that would enable the enlightenment of the public and success of the registration exercise.
Ms. Fashola noted that the stakeholders meetings has been strategically planned to take place across the five divisions of the State, while another two would be organized for the captain of industries and the for the civil/public servants in the State to ensure that everybody is included.
She said the registration exercise which is targeted to commence towards the end of April 2013 is for everybody and includes children residing in Lagos State irrespective of their age, tribe, religion or social status.
She revealed that in preparation for the actual registration of the Lagos State Residents the Agency has commenced the process of the employment of 1500 applicant as enrollment officers to be deployed across the State
While stressing that the registration exercise is free and compulsory for the State residents, she said the two methods of registration that would be employed are the online registration and the direct registration by LASRRA staff.
The General Manager added that for either of the methods, the registration would not be complete without capturing the biometrics and digital image of the applicant and signature for adults after which a receipt of registration would be issued..