The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the relaunch of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) identity card will aid proper identification and traceability of Lagos residents, which ultimately will help inform the Government’s planning and provision of social services.
Sanwo-Olu, who stated this at the relaunch event held two days ago at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos also said the card is also known as LAG ID is important to improve the security of lives and properties within the state and drive the upward mobility of residents.
“The LAG ID is a smart multi-purpose card that combines biometric identification with cutting edge technology. It will aid economic growth and provide a reliable database of all residents of the state,” he said.
Also speaking at the relaunch of the card, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Verve International, Vincent Ogbunude, noted that the LAG ID card, a first of its kind in the country, will provide its holders a life of convenience, enabling residents to make transactions anywhere and at any time, while also enjoying the dual benefit of verifying their identities and be able to readily access the various social amenities provided by the government.
“It is exciting to be in partnership with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA). This partnership stems from the alignment of our vision to create a transformative society using technology,” he said.
According to him, the initiative serves to transform the lives of Lagos residents by aligning with global best practices to upgrade the LASRRA card from an ordinary plastic card meant for only identification purposes to a smart card that avails residents with the dual functions of an identity card and a payment card, leveraging the robust infrastructure of Africa’s largest domestic card scheme Verve, to receive money or payments from different sources; family, friends, business, customer or welfare from the government and also use the card across a host of payment channels such as the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), Point of Sale (POS) terminals, offline and online payment agents, among others.
He explained that holders of the new LASSRRA smart card, also called LAG ID, will be able to access an array of benefits that come with being a Verve cardholder. Verve offers extensive and exciting rewards, as well as loyalty programs that are open to all LAG ID cardholders.