The Lagos State Government has commenced the distribution of the Lagos resident cards to residents of the state in order to aid planning, budgeting and determination of the number of persons that are to be provided for.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, who unveiled the Resident cards, lamented the low turnout of registrars and said the exercise might be closed in June 2015 as it was costing the state government a lot of money and only 3 million out of the estimated 20 million population have registered.
He said: “We have taken a big step into the future. This is not about today but about tomorrow. I get embarrassed when figures are read out that in Nigeria we are 140, sometimes 160, sometimes 170 million depending on who is speaking. I usually question how they arrived at those figures.
”Truth is that if you don’t know how many you are, you cannot plan for them. This is about knowing exactly how many people live in Lagos so that we can adequately plan for them.”
He also said because the exercise was meant to provide a database of Bio-data for every resident of the state so it would help in tracking criminals.