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Residents’ Registration Not For Taxation, Fashola Says

September 20, 2013

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday allayed the fears of some residents and dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the residents’ registration project of the state was designed for the purpose of taxation.
However, the governor said the registration was meant to collect basic information about every resident of the state, which according to him, would be used for economic planning and development.
Making the clarification at the unveiling of the registration exercise at the state secretariat, Fashola noted that the registration was to enable the state government generate a dependable database of all residents, which he said, would help in planning for development purpose.
According to him, the registration “is a watershed in the history of the state as it is most important step taken by the state government towards service delivery. It is to build a Lagos where all communities have enough schools with the right and enough facilities to educate our children.”
Fashola explained that those who reside outside the state “are no less important, but we do not provide water, transportation, education, security, road infrastructure and other services for them.”
The governor stated, “if you imagine a Lagos where you have enough hospitals with all facilities to treat the sick; a state where you have a 24 hour electricity supply and a Lagos where you open your taps and water flows at all times, then you will understand why we are embarking on this exercise”.
He acknowledged that the state had some considerable credible data, which he said, had been gathered for different purposes over the years, though said there “are still gaps to fill and a lot of data integration need to be done.”
“While we now have credible data of vehicle owners, it is obvious that not all residents own vehicles or can afford to do so. While we have data of some tax payers, it is obvious that not all residents are employed and that some are not taxable.
“Even if we had the data of all tax payers, it will not cover those who are unemployed for whom we have a greater responsibility,” Fashola said.

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