Lagos State Govt set to launch new identity card for residents

LASRRA with Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a new identity card, dubbed “LAG ID”, for residents of the state.

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ms. Yinka Fashola during an Internal Stakeholders Workshop held at Alausa, Ikeja.

The card will comes with Security a chip as one of the features of the LAG ID Card 2.0 amongst others.

In her address, Ms. Fashola revealed that the Lagos State Government was committed to ensuring the successful rollout of the card as she encouraged all enrolment officers to be proactive and show commitment to achieving the registration of 100 residents per day.

Fashola also expressed confidence that the target of registering 10 million residents before the end of the year can be achieved.

Speaking earlier, the General Manager, Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), Engr. Ibilola Kasunmu, urged  all members of staff and other stakeholders to be good advocates of the new Lagos Identity Card when it is finally unveiled.

Mrs. Kasunmu, who said that the workshop was held to explain details of the project, declared that the major difference between the card issued previously and the new one to be unveiled is that the latter is a multipurpose Smart Card that meets International Best Practices and will serve as a valid means of identification.

“The card comes with a chip. Security is one of the features of the LAG ID Card 2.0 amongst others. The chip has multipurpose uses and can be accepted anywhere in the world.

“Also, you don’t need to carry the multipurpose card around because the chip houses the information to be used by the card. It has contactless capacities,” she said.

Narrating how the new initiative aligns with the Smart City Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, Kasunmu said that the concept is the first of its kind in West Africa, adding that the “Unique LAG ID” is to replace the former LASRRA Number.

The LASRRA boss added that the validation portal has gone live and described the Android Application solution, which will make registration seamless and accessible through smartphones, as work in progress.

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