Lagos To Commence Registration Of Residents By Jan. 2013

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Mr
Akin Akiniyi, the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Residents Registration
Agency (LSRRA), on Thursday said that the agency would commence the
registration of residents from Jan.
Akiniyi
told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing 2012 Lagos International
trade Fair, that the agency had commenced a pilot registration exercise with
public servants, to test-run the project.

He
said that the objective of the registration was to provide a database of all
residents in the state for better planning and governance.

“Over
21 million people are estimated to be living in Lagos and there would be need
for government to have their data base in its record.
“The
registration exercise will be carried out in view of the security situation and
the influx of illegal aliens into the state, Akiniyi said.
He
said that all residents, irrespective of ethnic background, as well as
foreigners– including tourists– would be captured in the exercise scheduled
to hold between Jan. and March 2013.
“Government
has the responsibility to cater for everyone residing in Lagos, regardless of
the state or country they came from, “ he said.
Akiniyi
said that resident identity card would be issue to those who would be captured
during the exercise, to differentiate between legal residents and illegal
immigrants.
He
said that government would be able to accurately determine the overall
resources required in formulating and implementing policies, projects and
programmes, after the exercise.
Akiniyi
advised all residents of the state to participate in the registration exercise
to enable them gain access to government services.

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