The Lagos State Government of Nigeria has kicked off the enumeration of all enterprises in the state in a bid to come up with a database of all business ventures operating in Lagos.
The programme is under the Enterprise Registration and Identification Agents (ENTRIDA), piloted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
At least, 2,000 undergraduates and graduates have been recruited to carry out the exercise, which kicked of today and would end 24 September, 2010, with over 100,000 enterprises expected to be enumerated.
The recruits are expected to comb the nooks and crannies of the Lagos metropolis to fish out companies, industries and small scale business enterprises and register them.Â They are to be supervised by 40 supervisors.
Each of the enumerator would receive N10,000 monthly as pay and N1,000 per week as transport allowance for the exercise that would last for two months.
The state government has told enterprises in the state not to panic because government was not using the exercise as a means of knowing the number of enterprises in the state with a bid to impose tax on them.
â€œI wish to emphasise that ENTRIDA programme is not for tax assessment purposes, but to generate necessary data for economic planning,â€ said Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Adeniyi Oyemade, at the training held for the enumerators.
He appealed to industry and company owners to cooperate with the agents when they visit their establishment for enumeration.
The commissioner pointed out that instead of concentrating on the informal sector like in the past, 2,000 agents had been engaged to enumerate business enterprises and corporate organisations in the formal sector of the state.
He solicited support of the members of public towards the success of the programme by providing required information on their business to the agents.
Oyemade reminded the enumerators that the programme was targeted at empowering the teeming youths of the state through the provision of holiday jobs and for undergraduates on vacation and graduates who were presently unemployed.
He stressed that the programme would produce a reliable database on business enterprises and corporate organisations operating in Lagos State.
According to him, the data gathered from ENTRIDA programme would be used for economic and social purposes as well as for updating of the Lagos Business Directory (Yellow Pages).
He urged agents to be diligent and display a high level of integrity and hard work in the discharge of their duties, adding, â€œthe accuracy of the information you are about to gather matters a lot to the state government and as such, you should handle the exercise with all sense of purpose.â€