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Lagos State hopeful to lead conversation on poverty eradication, employment hub

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The Lagos State Government said it is expected to lead the conversation on the global reduction in poverty by 2030, given its size and opportunities that abound in the state.
 
The state also maintained that it will be a major driver and hub for employment in the sub-Saharan African region. Speaking at a virtual meeting recently, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said: “Lagos needs to lead that conversation if indeed we are going to be seeing global reduction in poverty; it has to be where you have the largest number, which has to be in Lagos, where we can domesticate it to other states.”
 
He said the state has concluded plans to uniquely identify about 10 million citizens in the next one year for proper growth plan, and would leverage data through the launch of Lagos Residency Address (LAGSRAD), to adjust to the new normal.
 
At the meeting, Sanwo-Olu recalled the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state was not able to leverage data to track contacts and identify citizens, thereby making the virus spread wide.
 
He said: “A lot of people were giving fake and wrong addresses and wrong information. But if we had data to the extent of the unique identity of citizens, with the people coming in, we can actually track and know where they are going. This would have helped us to do contact tracing at that time, and we would have been able to nip the imported virus in the bud, and we wouldn’t be where we are now.“Data, apart from being life and the new normal for us as a government, is also a very critical tool that we need to use, going forward.”

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