Governor Babatunde Fashola
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Government has commenced welfare and service delivery survey aimed at gathering information on the basic nature of economic activity, impact of government programmes on various communities and the perceived constraints to growth and productivity in the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze, stating that the survey was part of its efforts to sustain the state’s economic development and growth.
The statement said the survey, which is being conducted in selected households in the 57 local Governments and local council development areas “will focus on the welfare of the inhabitants at individual and household levels.
“Thereafter, its outcome will be used to determine the proportion of Lagos residents that are unable to meet their basic needs, enjoy adequate standard of living and access to services,” the statement said.
It stated that the survey’s questions would centre on such areas as household membership, education, health, economic activity and public safety, which it said, form the state development programmes.
According to the statement, other areas include housing and tenure, assets, utilities and services, community preferences and participation as well as household consumption and expenditures patterns.
Akabueze thus appealed for all the residents “to fully support the programme through active participation and sincere response to enumerators’ questions whose eventual analysis would in the long run lead to the growth and sustainable economic development of the state.
“While the survey which commenced last Monday has nothing to do with taxes, enumerators on the survey will visit housing units and households in the state in the course of the survey, which will last for 5 weeks, to administer questionnaires”, he said.
Akabueze urged residents to kindly cooperate by providing honest answers to the enumerators’ questions in order to help collect data required for the state economic planning and development.