By Olasukanmi Akoni

LAGOS—THE Lagos State Residents’ Registration Agency, LASRRA, has commenced mass distribution of Permanent Residents’ Cards to about 3 million residents who registered with it.

The General Manager of LASRRA, Miss Olayinka Fashola, who disclosed this  at the weekend, said the distribution, which began with the state civil servants is expected to take care of 14,000 workers and will continue in phases.

She said, “Before anyone comes up to collect his Permanent Resident Card, PRC, he would have been sent a Short Messages, SMS. In the message, such person will be told where to go for the collection. This marks the expiration of the registration life circle.

“LASRRA is commencing the distribution with the civil servants and that was why we decided to organize it here and it is expected to elapse at the end of May.

“Beginning from June, the cards will be transferred to the local councils. This, we believe, will bring the card closer to their owners.”

On the reason for the delay in time for the issuance of the card, Fashola added that the agency had to verify all the information collected to ensure that there was no  duplication.

“During our verification, we discovered that some residents registered twice and we had to sort them. That was why it had taken us more time than expected. We cannot make any mistake and we have to be correct.

“We are very careful before sharing information. We don’t give out personal information. It is only general information. We can give the number of people who live in a particular area. But we cannot give anyone the information of an individual who lives in the state. There are privacy laws that need to be adhered to,” she said.

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