Lagos State

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Lagos State, sometimes referred to as Lagos, is a state located in the southwestern part of Nigeria.[1] It is economically one of most busiest states in Nigeria.[2] The capital of Lagos State is Ikeja.[3]

Lagos State

Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó  (Yoruba)
Coordinates: 6°35′N 3°45′E / 6.583°N 3.750°E / 6.583; 3.750Coordinates: 6°35′N 3°45′E / 6.583°N 3.750°E / 6.583; 3.750
Country Nigeria
Geopolitical ZoneSouth West
Date created27 May 1967
CapitalIkeja
Number of LGAs20
Government
 • Governor[4]Babajide Sanwo-Olu (APC)
 • Deputy GovernorKadiri Hamzat (APC)
 • Senators
 • RepresentativesList
 • Chief JudgeOpeyemi Oke
Area
 • Total3,577 km2 (1,381 sq mi)
Population
 (2006 census)[6][7]
 • Total9,113,605
 • Estimate 
(2012 by LASG)
17,552,940[5]
 • Rank1st of 36
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,600/sq mi)
GDP
 • Year2014
 • Total$91 billion[8]
 • Per capita$4,333
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-LA
HDI (2018)0.673[9]
medium · 1st of 37
Websitelagosstate.gov.ng

History[change | change source]

Lagos State was created on 27 May 1967. It was previously known as Eko until the arrival of Portuguese merchants. The word Eko was coined out from a Yoruba word "Eko" (English: war camp). The first settlers of Eko were the Aworis.[10]

Local Government Areas[change | change source]

Lagos State is divided into 20 local government areas from 5 administrative divisions.[11] The local government areas include:

People[change | change source]

Lagos State consists of Yoruba people but Lagos also attracts foreigners and Nigerians.

References[change | change source]

  1. R. O. Ajetunmobi (2003). The evolution and development of Lagos State. A-Triad Associates. ISBN 978-978-36240-8-5.
  2. Olukayode Akanmu Olomu (1983). Lagos State: The Cornerstone of Nigeria's Economic Development : a Study of Its Growth and Comparative Contribution to the Economy of Nigeria. International Management and Research Institute. ISBN 978-978-182-080-9.
  3. Ekundayo, John M. O. (2013-04). Out of Africa: Fashola-Reinventing Servant Leadership to Engender Nigeria's Transformation: Foreword by Femi Falana, San. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4817-9040-6. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. See List of governors of Lagos State for a list of prior governors
  5. "Population-Lagos State". Lagos State Government. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. "FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA : 2006 Population Census" (PDF). Web.archive.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  7. "2006 PHC Priority Tables – NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION". population.gov.ng. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  8. Akinkuotu, Eniola (21 January 2015). "We can double Lagos GDP, says Ambode". The Punch NG. Archived from the original on 24 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  10. Jeremy Seymour Eades (8 May 1980). The Yoruba Today. CUP Archive. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-0-521-22656-1.
  11. Lagos State Local Governments. Public Information Department, Lagos State Ministry of Information, Culture, & Sports. 1995.

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