PROFILE OF LAGOS STATE


GENERAL INFORMATION

Lagos State was created out of the former western region by the then regime of General Yakubu Gowon on May 27, 1967 through the States (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. 14 of 1967, which restructured Nigeria’s Federation into 22 states. It's capital is Ikeja. Prior to this, Lagos Municipality had been administered by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs as the regional authority, while the Lagos City Council (LCC) governed the City of Lagos. Equally, the metropolitan areas (Colony Province) of Ikeja, Agege, Mushin, Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry were administered by the Western Region Government.

 

The State took off as an administrative entity on April 11, 1968 with Lagos Island serving the dual role of being the State and Federal Capital.
However, with the creation of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in 1976, Lagos ceased to be the capital of the State which was moved to Ikeja. Equally, with the formal relocation of the seat of the Federal Government to Abuja on 12 December 1991, Lagos ceased to be Nigeria’s political capital.

 

LOCATION AND EXTENT

The state is located on the south-western part of Nigeria, on the narrow plain of the Bight of Benin and occupies 3,345 square kilometres. Lying approximately on longtitude 20 42’E and 32 2’E respectively, and between latitude 60 22’N and 60 2’N, Lagos State  is bounded in the North and East  by Ogun State of Nigeria, in the west by the Republic of Benin and stretches over 180 kilometres along the Guinea Coast of the Bight of Benin on the Atlantic Ocean.  Its territorial extent and political jurisdiction encompasses the city of Lagos and the four administrative divisions of Ikeja, Ikorodu,  Epe and Badagry collectively referred to as IBILE and covering  an area of 358, 862 hectares or 3, 577sq.km. which represents 0.4% of Nigeria’s territorial land mass of 923, 773 sq.km.


PEOPLE

Lagos state is essentially a Yoruba environment inhabited by its sub nationality of Aworis and Ogus in Ikeja and Badagry Divisions respectively, with the Ogus being found mainly in Badagry and the Awori forming the indigenous population of Lagos where there are, nevertheless other pioneer immigrant settlers 0Edos, Saros, Brazilians, Kannike/Tapa, etc collectively called Lagosians but more appropriately referred to as the Ekos. For Ikorodu and Epe Division, the local populations are mainly the Remos and Ijebus with pockets of Ek-o-Awori settlers along the entires state coastland and riverine areas. However, despite its Yoruba indigeneity, the State is a global socio-cultural melting pot attracting both Nigerians and foreigners alike. The situation is attributable to its sound economic base, strategic maritime location and socio-political importance which induced a high rate of migration to the state.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS (IBILE)

With a territorial land area of 351, 861 hectares, Lagos State is made of five administrative divisions, namely: ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos (eko) and Epe. The divisions were created in May 1968 by virtue of Administrative Divisions (Establishments) Edict No 3 of April 1968. The Divisions are further divided into 20 Local government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas respectively, in accordance with Nigeria’s federal structure and the need to bring governance, development and participatory democracy to the grassroots.

 IKEJA

Ikeja division consists of eight local government authorities namely: Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye, Kosofe, Mushin, Alimosho, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu and Ikeja which serves as both the seat of the State Government and also the divisional headquarters.

Ikeja, the state capital and administrative nerve center of Lagos State Government, is located 80kms north of Lagos. The division has a concentration of both medium and large scale industries within the Mushin-Isolo-Oshodi and greater Ikeja Industrial Complex, while also having a large agricultural area in its rural Alimosho, Kosofe and Agege districts.

 

A fledging Central Business District (Alausa/Agidingbi) and Nigeria's biggest and busiest International Airport (Muritala Mohammed Airport) are situated in the divisional headquarters, Ikeja.

There are over fifty settlements in the division including Isolo, Isheri-Osun, Ikotun, Isheri-Olofin, Meiran, Ejigbo, Egan, Ketu, Ojota, Shangisha, Oworonshoki, Mushin, Abesan, Egbe, Igando, Idimu, Ayobo, Iju, Ifako, Agboyi, Ikosi, Okota, Somolu, Ipaja, Oregun, Isheri-Oke, Oshodi, Oke-Afa, Ojodu, Ogudu, Bariga, Ilupeju, Obanikoro, Akowonjo, Agege, Ijegun, Itire, Ikate, Odi-Olowo, Shasha, Mende, Ikeja and Alimosho.

 

BADAGRY

The Division is made up of four local government areas: Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Badagry which also serves as the divisional headquarters.

Badagry enjoys a pride of place in history especially as regards early European contacts with West Africa. By virtue of being a coastal town, Badagry was a major slave outpost and market during the pre-colonial era.


It was also the first place in Nigeria where Christianity was preached in 1842. The Agia Cenotaph is a monumental reminder of this act. The original name of the town, Agbede greme, means Agbede's farm in Ogu language.

 

The word, 'Agbede greme was later coined to Agbadarigi by the Yoruba settlers and later changed to Badagry by the European slave merchants.

 

Major settlements in the Division include: Badagry, Ajara, Iworo-Ajido, Akarakumo, Gbaji, Aseri, Egan, Agarin, Ahanfe, Epe, Posi, Mowo, Itoga, Ebiri, Ekunpa, Aradagun, Berekete, Mosafejo, Gayingbo-Topo, Kankon, Moba, Popoji, Oranyan, Tafi-Awori, Yeketome, Ipota, Seme, Iyagbe, Ajegunle, Aiyetoro, Festac and Satellite Towns, Iba, Kirikiri, Agboju-Amuwo, Okokomaiko, Ojo, Amukoko, Alaba-ore, Ijofin, Igbanko, Imore, Ijegun, Odan Group of villages and part of Agara.

IKORODU

Ikorodu lies approximately 36km north of Lagos and derives its name from “Oko –Odu” meaning vegetable farm.  This farmland was the place first settled by Oga, the crown prince of a Remo King and supposed founder of the town. Hence, the reference to the town as Ikorodu Oga.

 

The division, by virtue of its location, serves as the gateway to the country’s hinterland and thus an active commercial center and national broadcasting gangway as the transmitters of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Voice of Nigeria (VON) and those of the State Broadcasting Corporation, LSBC (Radio Lagos/Eko F.M. and LTV), are located there.

 

The population of the division consists predominately of the Ijebu Remo group that inhabits Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Imota, Ijede, Maya Adio, Isiu, Igbokuta, Ewu-Elepe, Baiyeku, Oreta, Ofin Gberigbe, and Igbalu.


However, along the riverine fringes of Ipakodo, Ibese, Majidun and other coastal communities, there is a strong presence of Eko-Awori population.

The indigenes of the division are mostly traders and farmers. Fishing also thrives, especially along the Lagos Lagoon foreshore where there is a lighter port terminal at Ipakodo.

 

LAGOS (EKO)

The core of the State and a highly urbanized division consisting of five local government Councils: Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Apapa and Eti-Osa with the City of Lagos being the pivot of an ever expanding Greater Lagos and the divisional headquarters.

The center and most developed of this chain of Islands is Lagos Island which is called “Eko” by the indigenes. The name “Lagos” is a Portuguese imposition of  Lagos de Curamo” or “Rio Lago”  on account of its wetland topography.
The Island is the cultural watershed of the White Cap (Idejo) Chieftaincy and metropolitan Lagos with the Oba of Lagos as the paramount monarch and primus inter pares of the State traditional authorities.

 

Lagos is the chief commercial, financial and maritime nerve-center of Nigeria with seaports at Apapa, Tincan Island, Roro Terminal Ports and Ijora Container Terminal and an ever-expanding Central Business District Tinubu and Victoria Island.

 

As the economic capital and major port of Africa’s most populous nation, Lagos has attracted immigrants from all over Nigeria and beyond, as well as commercial entrepreneurs and industries from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

 

Major Settlements in the Division are Tarkwa Bay, Victoria Island (Iru), Lagos Island, Ikoyi, Obalende, Otto, Ijora, Apapa, Ebute-Metta, Yaba, Iddo, Sangotedo, Mayegun, Ogombo, Ogoyo, Okun-Ibeju, MO-Akinlade, Moba, Alaguntan, Ado, Lamgbasa, Ilasan, Igbo-Efon, Ikota and Ikate-Elegushi.

 

EPE

The division is divided into two local government areas vis; Epe and Ibeju-Lekki with Epe serving as the divisional headquarters.  Epe lies about 89kms north-east of the City of Lagos. Urakaloye was the man reputed to be the ancestral founder of Epe, a name derived from black ants, which invaded Urakaloyes hunting home-stead.

Hence, the town’s name, Epe, means the forest of black ants. Epe division consists of Epe, Agbowa-Ikosi, Ilara, Odo-Ayandelu, Igbodu, Ejinrin, Poka, Itoikin, Idotun, Ita-Oko, Omi, Temu Ise and Debojo. Others are Apawa, Aba-Titun, Abomite, Afere, Apakin, Abalaye Orogantigan, Kayetoro Eleko, Yegunda, Okunraya, Keta, Arapagi, Aiyeteju, Okunfolu, Osoroko, Olomowewe, Ibeju-Lekki, Akodo, Otolu, Magbon-Alade, Oriba, Iwerekin, Iberekodo, Idado, Igando-Orudu, Tiye, Awoyaya, Ite-Omi, Bogije, Siriwon, Idaso, Orimedu, Olorunkoya, Ojota, Ode-Ifa, Ofin, Igbesibi and Igbolomi, among others.

A peculiar feature of Epe is the presence of a long range of hills, which demarcates the coastal town into equal parts. However, in Ibeju-Lekki, artisanal fishing, sandy beach and coconut fringed Atlantic coastlines are distinctive characteristics of the environment, which has enormous tourism potentials.
Fishing and farming form the major occupations of the inhabitants of the Division, which also includes the Eko-Aworis.

 

Source: http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS IN LAGOS STATE

Agege         
Ajeromi-Ifelodun
Alimosho
Amuwo-Odofin
Apapa
Badagry
Epe

Eti-Osa
Ibeju/Lekki
Ifako-Ijaye
Ikeja
Ikorodu
Kosofe
Lagos Island

Lagos Mainland
Mushin
Ojo
Oshodi-Isolo
Shomolu
Surulere

 

In 2003, many of the existing 20 LGAs were split for administrative purposes into Local Council Development Areas by the government of  the then Governor Asiwaju Bola Tibubu. These lower-tier administrative units now number 56:

Agbado/Oke-Odo, Agboyi/Ketu, Agege, Ajeromi, Alimosho , Apapa, Apapa-Iganmu, Ayobo/Ipaja, Badagry West, Badagry, Bariga, Coker Aguda, Egbe Idimu, Ejigbo, Epe, Eredo, Eti Osa East, Eti Osa West, Iba, Isolo, Imota, Ikoyi, Ibeju, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ifelodun, Igando/Ikotun, Igbogbo/Bayeku, Ijede, Ikeja, Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West, Ikosi Ejinrin, Ikorodu, Ikorodu West, Iru/Victoria Island, Itire Ikate, Kosofe, Lagos Island West, Lagos Island East, Lagos Mainland, Lekki, Mosan/Okunola, Mushin, Odi Olowo/Ojuwoye, Ojo, Ojodu, Ojokoro, Olorunda, Onigbongbo, Oriade, Orile Agege, Oshodi, Oto-Awori, Shomolu, Surulere and Yaba.

The Lagos West Senatorial District Comprises of the following 10 Local Government Areas (LGA)  and 18 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA):

 

S/N

 

1 a

ALIMOSHO  LGA

b

Ayobo/Ipaja   LCDA

c

Agbado/ Oke-odo LCDA

d

Igando/Ikotun LCDA

e

Egbe/Idimu LCDA

f

Mosan-Okunola LCDA

 

 

2a

AGEGE LGA

b

Orile-Agege LCDA

 

 

3a

AMUWO ODOFIN LGA

b

Oriade LCDA

 

 

4a

AJEROMI-IFELODUN LGA

b

IIfelodun LCDA

 

 

5a

BADAGRY WEST LGA

b

Badagry Central LCDA

c

Olorunda LCDA

 

 

6a

IFAKO –IJAIYE LGA

b

Ojokoro LCDA

 

 

7a

 

IKEJA LGA

b

Ojodu LCDA

c

Onigbogbo LCDA

 

 

8a

MUSHIN LGA

b

Odi-0lowo/Ojuwoye LCDA

 

 

9a

OJO LGA

b

Iba LCDA

c

Oto AworiI LCDA

 

10a

OSHODI LGA

b

Ejigbo LCDA

C

Isolo LCDA

 

 

 

 

 

MAP OF LAGOS WEST SENATORIAL DISTRICT

Other Information About The Senatorial District:

 

Figures for the Lagos West Senatorial District Population census 2006 conducted by the National Population Commission and Administrative Capitals:

 

LGA Name

Area (km2)

Census 2006
population

       Administrative capital

 

Agege

     11

      459,939

              Agege

Alimosho

     185

      1,277,714

             Ikotun

Ifako-Ijaye

     27

      427,878

             Ifako

Ikeja

     46

      313,196

             Ikeja

       

Mushin

     17

      633,009

             Mushin

Oshodi-Isolo

     45

      621,509

             Oshodi/Isolo

       

Ajeromi-Ifelodun

    12

      684,105

             Ajeromi/Ifelodun

Amuwo-Odofin

   135

      318,166

            Festac Town

Ojo

   158

      598,071

            Ojo

Badagry

   441

      241,093

            Badagry

 

Lagos State Census Figures (2006)

 

 LGA Name

 

Lagos State Census 2006
population

 

Agege

 

1, 033, 064            

Alimosho

 

2, 047, 026

Ifako-Ijaye

 

744, 323

Ikeja

 

648, 720

     

Mushin

 

1, 321, 517

Oshodi-Isolo

 

1, 134, 548

Ajeromi-Ifelodun

 

1, 435, 295

Amuwo-Odofin

 

524,971

Ojo

 

941, 523

Badagry

 

380, 420

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