By Chinwendu Obienyi
Sterling Bank Plc is collaborating with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) as the pioneer partner for the first three million issuances of the newly upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card).
Speaking during the launch of the LAG ID Card, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noted that the relaunch was particularly significant as it demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the Smart City vision.
According to him, the Smart City vision seeks to integrate and embed cutting-edge technology into the citizens’ daily lives and their daily interaction with government and public services. Chief Executive of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, who attended the event, disclosed that the history of partnership with the bank and the Lagos State government, from collaborations on the environment and sustainability with LAWMA; transportation through FarePay for contactless payments on the mass transit transportation system within the state. Suleiman said, “Sterling Bank is the pioneer financial partner of this initiative, providing support for the first three million cards that will be distributed to residents.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, held simultaneously across five divisions in the state, LASRRA’s General Manager, Ibilola Kasunmu, said the new identity card is embedded with features and functionalities that offer card holders wider access to faster and better services from the Lagos State Government.
“The new LAG ID Card is a multi-application smart card that offers registered residents access to services ranging from personal security and identity verification at points of accessing various government services to applying for loans from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).
A card holder can also use it as a means of payment for services across multiple vendors including the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Lag Ferry, as well as cash withdrawals from any bank and Automated Teller Machine (ATM),” she said.