Governor Babatunde Fashola has advised residents who have not been captured in the state’s ongoing residents’ registration exercise to do so without delay as the exercise would help government plan for development.
Fashola made the plea in Ikeja at a special registration exercise for actors and actresses in the state.
News reporters say that the governor was represented at the programme by Adebiyi Mabadeje, the State Commissioner for Science and Technology.
He said the registration of all residents in the state was imperative so that government would plan for development.
The governor said that a reliable database of all residents would enable government to respond to needs like education, health services and infrastructure.
Fashola said the government had consistently taken steps to improve the lives of residents and the registration was another step to deliver service.
“Over the past few years, we have recorded some gains in our efforts to develop our state. But with what we have done so far, we believe there is still more to be done and that is why we have embarked on this exercise. We must know how many people are employed and unemployed so that we can plan and provide employment and things like schools, roads, hospitals and others,” he said.
The governor said the registration was not about indigeneship, as residents who had lived in the state for six months were eligible to register.
He also dismissed fears that the exercise was for the purpose of taxation, noting that it was strictly for development planning.
The General Manager, Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), Olayinka Fashola, said the special exercise would enable actors and actresses to register in a relaxed atmosphere without distractions.
She said the programme was also meant to enlist the support of members of the creative industry for the success of the exercise.
According to her, practitioners in the creative industry are strategic to development and are major stakeholders in the state.
She urged the artistes to use their popularity to influence people in their respective communities to register.
Reports say that no fewer than 200 Nollywood actors and actresses as well as artistes in the music industry attended the programme, with some of them using the opportunity to register.
Among those present were the Juju Maestro, King Sunny Ade; Adebayo Salami, Jide Kosoko, Segun Arinze, Ibinabo Fibresima, Joke Silva and Bimbo Akintola.
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