About Lagos

 The Seal of Lagos State Government came into being by virtue of the Seal of Lagos State Government Law 2010 – “A Law to provide for the regulation on the use of the Seal of the Government of Lagos State as a symbol of State Authority and for other connected purposes”, as passed by the 6th Assembly, House of Assembly, Lagos State. The symbols on the Seal shall be of primary colours of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black [“CMYK”]

The descriptions of each symbol on the Seal are interpreted as follows:

 Symbol/Colour                                                            Meaning

 

White Cap “Keremesi”        –           It denotes the symbol of authority common to most areas of the State

 

Akoko Leaves                      –           These signify longevity. It is universally used at the installation of Obas and                                      Chiefs in Lagos State and all over Yorubaland

 

Cowries                             –           They signify the earliest medium of exchange in the State. The background                                          indicates foreshore sands common to all parts of the State.

 

Wheel                                  –           It signifies industry and the red background indicates flame generating power

 

Fishing Activity                 –           It denotes the traditional occupation of the people and inhabitants of State.

 

Coconut Palm                    –           This represents one of the main agricultural products of the State.

 

Motto: Justice and Peace  –       “Justice” signifies the necessity in the State to give every man his due without fear or favour, affection or ill will while “Progress” signifies the hopes and aspiration of the people of State  

 

 The Three lines                       –           These represent the present, the past and the future.

 

PROFILE OF LAGOS STATE

Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of States [Creation and Transitional Provisions] Decree No. 14 of 1967 which restructured Nigeria’s Federation into 12 States. Prior to this, Lagos Municipality was administered as a Federal Territory by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs as the regional authority, while the Lagos City Council governed the City of Lagos. Equally, the Metropolitan areas [Colony Province] of Ikeja, Agege, Mushin, Ojo, Ikorodu, Epe, and Badagry were then 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 respectively. However, with the creation of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in 1976, Lagos ceased to be the capital of the State, as this was moved to Ikeja. Similarly, with the formal relocation of the seat of the Federal Government to Abuja on 12th December, 1991, Lagos ceased to be Nigeria’s political capital. Nevertheless, Lagos remains the nation’s economic and commercial capital. According to extant political records,Lagos is to the people of Nigeria, what the head is to the body of an individual”

 

LOCATION/EXTENT

The State is located on the South–Western part of Nigeria, on the narrow plain of the Bight of Benin. Lying approximately on longitude 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 Republic of Benin, and stretches over 180 kilometers 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 3,577 sq. km. which represents 0.4% of Nigeria’s territorial land mass of 923,773 sq. km.

RELIEF

The dominant vegetation of the State is the swamp forest of the fresh water and mangrove swamp forests, both of which are influenced by the double rainfall pattern of the state, which makes the environment a wetland region. Generally, the State has two climatic seasons: Dry [November-March] and Wet [April-October]. The drainage system of the State is characterized by a maze of lagoons and waterways, which constitutes about 22% or 787 sq. km. [75.755 hectares] of the State’s territory. The major water bodies are the Lagos and Lekki Lagoons, Yewa, Ogun, Oshun, and Kweme Rivers. Others are Ologe Lagoon, Kuramo Waters, and Badagry, Five Cowries and Omu Creeks respectively.

 

DEMOGRAPHY

Lagos State is the smallest state in Nigeria yet, it has the highest urban population, which is 27.4 % of the national estimate [UN-Habitat]. According to the 2006 National Census, Lagos State has a population of 9,013,534 in relation to the National count of 140,003,542. However, based on the UN-Habitat and international development agencies’ estimates, Lagos State is said to have about 24.6 million inhabitants in 2015. Of this population, Metropolitan Lagos accounts for over 85% on an area that is 37% of the land area of the State, and the fact that Lagos population is growing 10 times faster than that of New York and Los Angeles, and more than the population of 32 African nations combined, the State population is expected to hit the 35 million mark in 2020.

 

THE LAGOS MEGACITY

Lagos, Nigeria’s lagoon city, Africa’s leading NEPAD City and World’s sixth megacity is a bourgeoning global urban agglomeration which attained megacity status in 1995 when its population soared to over 10 million people, per UN-Habitat. From its global city ranking of 31st in 1985, Lagos population exploded to 13.4 million in Y2000 to become world’s sixth megacity and Africa’s foremost urban centre and hub of national, regional and global socio-economic and political activities. The Megacity region, which approximates to 17 of the State’s 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas and impinges imperceptibly on four local government areas of the adjoining Ogun State of Nigeria, is geographically disjointed [maze of islands/mainland], located on poor soil [wetlands] and overwhelmed by its growth [6% – 8% urbanization rate].

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 – Edos, Saros, Brazilians, Kannike/Tapa, etc collectively called Lagosians but more appropriately referred to as the Ekos. For Ikorodu and Epe Divisions, the local populations are mainly the Remos and Ijebus with pockets of Eko-Awori settlers along the entire State coastland and riverine areas. However, despite its Yoruba indigeneity, the State is a global socio-cultural melting pot attracting Nigerians, Africans 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 [Establishment] Edict No. 3 of April 1968. The Divisions are further divided into 20 Local Governments 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, a predominantly Awori enclave and the cradle of its civilization, 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 the divisional headquarters. The LCDAs include Agbado/Oke-Odo, Agboyi-Ketu, Ayobo-Ipaja, Bariga, Egbe-Idimu, Ejigbo, Igando-Ikotun, Ikosi-Isheri, Isolo, Mosan-Okunola, Odi Olowo-Ojuwoye, Ojodu, Ojokoro, Onigbongbo and Orile Agege. Ikeja is the state capital and administrative center of Lagos State Government. 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 [Murtala Mohammed Airport] are situated in the divisional headquarters, Ikeja. There are over fifty settlements in the division notable among which are: Isolo, Isheri-Oshun, Ikotun, Isheri-Olofin, Meiran, Ejigbo, Egan, Ketu, Ojota, Shangisha, Oworonshoki,Mushin, Abesan, Magodo, Egbe, Igando, Idimu, Ayobo, Iju, Ifako, Abule Egba, Agboyi, Ikosi, Okota, Somolu, Ipaja, Abesan, Abesan,  Oregun, Isheri-Oke, Oshodi, Oke-Afa, Ojodu, Ogudu, Bariga, Ilupeju, Obanikoro, Akowonjo, Agege, Ijegun, Alagbado, Aboru, Olota, Ojokoro, Ikola, Ajasa, Baruwa, Ewu, Abule-Onigbagbo, Odi-Olowo, Shasha, Mende, Ipodo and Alimosho.

BADAGRY

Badagry Division is a zone of culture mix between the Ogu and Awori as well as an international border region. It consists of four Local Governments, including: Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, and Badagry as well as six Local Council Development Areas namely: Iba, Ifelodun, Olorunda, Oriade, Badagry West and Oto-Awori. Badagry serves as the divisional headquarters. The Division enjoys a pride of place in Nigerian history, especially as regards early European contacts with West Africa. Being a coastal town on the western littoral, Badagry was a major slave outpost and market during the pre-colonial era and also the entry point of Christianity in Nigeria being the place where the Bible was first preached in 1842, under the Agia Tree. The original name of the town, Gbagi, a contraction of the word ‘Ogbagleme’ means a ‘farmland near the swamp’ in Ogu language. The word, ‘Ogbagleme’ was later coined to Agbadarigi by Yoruba settlers and later corrupted to Badagry by the Europeans. Major settlements in the Division include: Badagry, Ajara [a collection of villages], Iworo, Ajido, Akarakunmo, Gbaji, Aseri, Egan, Agonrin, Ahanve, Epe, Pota, Mowo, Itoga, Shibiri, Ekunpa, Aradagun, Kankon, Mosafejo, Gayingbo-Topa, Apa, Moba, Ropoji, Oranyan, Tafi-Awori, Yeketome, Pota, Seme, Iyagbe, Ajegunle, Aiyetoro, Festac Town and Satellite Towns, Iba, Kirikiri, Agboju-Amuwo, Okokomaiko, Ojo, Amukoko, Alaba-Oro, Ijofin, Igbanko, Imore, Ijegun, Ibeshe, Oto, Ijanikin, Ilogbo Eremi, Ilado, Abule-Ado and Odan Group of Villages [Soba, Onireke, etc].

IKORODU

Ikorodu lies approximately 36 km north of Lagos and derives its name from ‘Oko-Odu’ meaning vegetable farm. This farmland was the first place where Oga, the crown prince of a Remo King and supposed founder of the town settled hence, the reference to the town as Ikorodu Oga. The Division consists of Ikorodu Local Govenment, and five Local Council Development Areas including: Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West, Imota and Ijede. By virtue of its location, the Division serves as the gateway to the country’s hinter-land. It is also an active commercial/energy 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, [Radio Lagos/Eko F.M. and LTV], are located there.

The population of the Division consists of predominantly of the Ijebu and Remo groups that inhabit Ikorodu, Egbin, Igbogbo, Imota, Ijede, Maya Adio, Odogunyan, Isiu, Igbokuta, Ewu-Elepe, Baiyeku, Oreta, Ofin, Gberigbe, Erikorodo and Igbalu. However, along the riverine fringes of Ipakodo, Ibese, Ebute, Majidun, Itowolo, and other coastal communities, there is a strong presence of Eko-Awori population. The indigenes of Ikorodu Division are mostly traders and farmers with fishing thriving mostly along the Lagos Lagoon foreshore on the Cradoo [Ikorodu] Lake waterfront, Ipakodo, where a Nigerian Ports Authority Lighter Port Terminal is situated.

LAGOS [EKO]

This is the core of Lagos State and a highly urbanized Division. It consists of five Local Government Councils, vis: Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Apapa and Eti-Osa, as well as eight Local council development areas which include: Lagos Island East, Yaba, Itire-Ikate, Coker-Aguda, Ikoyi-Obalende, Apapa-Iganmu, Eti-Osa East and Iru/Victoria Island with the City of Lagos being the pivot of an ever expanding Megacity and the divisional headquarters. The center and the most developed of this island chain, Lagos Island, is called ‘Eko’ by the indigenes. The name ‘Lagos’ is a derivative of a Portuguese imposition of ‘Lagos de Curamo’ or ‘Rio Lago’ on account of its wetland topography and network of lagoons. 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, Tin Can Island, Roro Terminal Ports and Ijora Container Terminal. It has an ever-expanding Central Business Disrict in 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, Oto, Ijora, Apapa, Ebute-Meta, Yaba, Ido, Sangotedo, Mayegun, Ogombo, Ogoyo, Okun-Ibeju, Moba, Alaguntan, Ado, Langbasa, Ilasan, Igbo-Efon, Ikota, Itire, Coker-Aguda, Ikate-Elegushi, Ajiran, Ilasan, Tomaro, Abagbo, Igbo-Ejo [Snake Island], etc.

EPE

The Division is made up of two Local Government Councils, namely: Epe, Ibeju-Lekki while the three Local Council Development Areas are: Lekki, Ikosi-Ejirin and Eredo with Epe serving as the divisional headquarters. It 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 Urakaloye’s hunting homestead. Hence, the town’s name, Epe, means the forest of black ants. Epe Division consists of Epe, Orugbo-Iddo, Agbowa-Ikosi, Ilara, Odo-Ayandelu, Odoragunsin, Igbooye, Naforija, Igbodu, Ejinrin, Poka, Itoikin, Idotun, Ita-Oko, Omi, Temu, Ise and Debojo. Others are Apawa, Aba-Titun, Abomiti, Afere, Apakin, Abalaye, Origanrigan, Kayetoro Eleko, Yeunda, Okunraye, Keta, Arapagi, Aiyeteju, Okun-Folu, Osoroko, Olomowewe, Ibeju, Lekki, Akodo, Otolu, Magbon-Alade, Oriba, Iwerekun, Iberekodo, Idado, Okun Igando-Orudu, Tiye, Awoyaya, Ote-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 features 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.

 

LAGOS STATE ECONOMY

Lagos State plays a pivotal role in the Nigerian economy and as a nation’s commercial nerve centre, remains the focal point of economic activities. The Lagos Gross Domestic Product [GDP] accounted for 26.7% of Nigeria’s total GDP and more than 50% of non-oil GDP. Over 50% of Nigeria’s non-oil industrial capacity is located in Lagos.                                                           Lagos is also Nigeria’s financial hub with all major banks having their headquarters in the City. It is also home to the Nigerian Stock Exchange [NSE]. It accounts for over 80% of the country’s foreign trade flows, and generates over 50% of Nigeria’s port revenues. The estimated GDP of Lagos was put at N27.125trillion [$145.141billion] in 2016 by the Lagos Bureau of Statistics and is expected to rise to N628trillion [$157.728billion] by 2018 with projected average annual growth rate of 4.2% up to 2018. Lagos economy, with an estimated population of 24million is larger than any other economy in the ECOWAS sub-region despite the rebasing of Ghana’s GDP.

Fuelled by Public-Private investments, as well as an estimated population of over 24million, Lagos diverse economy is the leading contributor to Nigeria GDP. A 10% growth is expected in the local economy as the State plans to widen the tax base and improve collection methods to boost Local Tax Receipts towards at least NGN360bn by 2017 up from N200bn in 2012, edging towards 80% of annual revenues from 70% of income in the late 2000.

Lagos State remains the economic, financial and commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and the ECOWAS. Regionally, her Gross National Product [GNP] is three times that of any West African Country, thus making Lagos State ECOWAS economic hub and the springboard for innovation and development in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

Lagos in Nigeria’s Economy

  • 29 Industrial Estates and 4 Central Business Districts [CBD]
  • Largest market in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Home of the Nigerian Capital and Money Market [Financial Hub]
  • West Africa Oil/Gas Pipeline Project  and National Power/Energy Load Centre
  • Home to Nigeria’s Chief Ports – Apapa & Tin Can Island [70% of total National cargo freight]
  • Media hub and international telecommunication gangway [over 50% of Nigeria’s  PTO/GSM subscribers]
  • Location of Nigeria’s busiest international/regional aviation hub – Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja [over 70.61% of international and 58.30 % of domestic traffic]
  • Home to 70% of the Country’s total industrial investment and 65% of its commercial activities.
  • Highest Vehicular Density – over 222/km [National 11km]
  • Internally Generated Revenue accounts for over 60% of State’s annual budget skewed in favour of capital expenditure.
  • Home to over 200 financial institutions

Lagos in Africa’s Economy

  • GNP, 3 times that of any West Africa Country [World Bank, 2001]
  • Hub of West/Central Africa  Maritime and Aviation
  • Node of West African Gas Pipeline Project
  • Nigeria’s Nexus of Trans-African Highway
  • Sub-Saharan African largest ICT Market

Lagos – The Financial Hub

Lagos State is the hub of Nigeria and West Africa’s regional financial system which is dominated by mega banks, insurance firms, micro-finance/community banks; discount houses; and the capital market. Indeed, the Nigerian Government’s vision 20:20:20 and the National Financial Sector Strategy [FSS] has envisioned Lagos as the nation’s financial hub with its automated headquarters of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, the largest and most active exchange in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, there exist The Investments and Securities Tribunal established by the Investments and Securities Act [ISA], 2007 to adjudicate on all capital market disputes.

The Lagos position as regional financial hub is acknowledged globally especially since ‘despite the relocation of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s [CBN] Headquarters to Abuja, Tinubu Square [Lagos Island Central Business District] still holds so much potential. As a further demonstration of this, Lagos State, as the gateway to Nigeria’s and ECOWAS economy, houses the headquarters/regional offices of national financial and professional regulatory authorities.

State Vision: Making Lagos State Africa’s Model Megacity & Global Economic and Financial Hub

State Policy Thrust: Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Economic Growth through Infrastructural Renewal and Development

Lagos State Development Plan: Consolidation of All High Policy Documents and Postulation of where Lagos will be by 2025

Policy Focus/Driving Values

  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Private Sector-led Growth
  • Rule of Law, Transparency and Accountability
  • Good Governance and Participatory Planning
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Gender and Socio-Cultural Sensitivity
  • Human Capital Development
  • Policy Documents
  • Lagos State Development Plan [LSDP] 2012-2025
  • Lagos Economic Survey Report, 2010, Lagos State Government/GDP
  • Lagos Household Survey Report, 2012, Lagos State Government
  • Reports of the Annual Lagos State Economic Summit [Ehingbeti] [7 Editions]
  • Ten-Point Agenda [TPA]
  • Lagos State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy, [LASEEDS]
  • Lagos Local Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy, [LALEEDS]
  • Annual State Budget Estimates and Presentation Addresses
  • Millennium Goals Report 2010 – 2011
  • Investment Opportunities in Lagos State, 2008
  • Profile of Lagos NEPAD City, UN-Habitat/Lagos State Government, 2004
  • State of Lagos Megacity and Other Nigerian Cities Report, 2004, Lagos State

Core Investment Areas

  • Housing [New Towns Development, Mortgage Financing, Site and Services Schemes]
  • Integrated Mass Transport System: Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail/Metro-line, Ferry Services and Transport Terminals
  • Refuse Collection and Waste Recycling Plants [Environment and Sanitation]
  • Power Supply and Development [IPP and Gas Plants]
  • Refineries and Petrochemicals
  • Water Supply and Development [Mini/Micro Waterworks]
  • Technology Incubators/Business Parks
  • Agro-industrial products [Coconuts, Citrus Fruits, Rice, Oil Palm, Maize and Fishery]
  • Water Transportation [Ferry Services]
  • Ceramics and Glass manufacture
  • Information and Communication Technology [Digital Villages, Resource Centres]
  • Health Facility Improvement and Development
  • Circular Roads/Bridges Development and Tolling
  • Tourism Development [180km Coastland/Waterfronts]
  • Development of Free Trade and Export Processing Zones [EPZ]
  • Ports Development [Lekki, Ojo and Badagry]
  • Heliport/Airport Development.
  • Solid Minerals – Clay [Tiles, Blocks and Pottery]; Silica [Ceramics/Glass products]

Investment Incentives

Fiscal Measures

  • The Federal and State annual Appropriation Laws [Budget] provides a range of fiscal measures to encourage new investments and existing ones to maintain high capacity utilization. For details, contact the Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Block 19, The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, or the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja.

Pioneer Status

  • The Income Tax Relief Act grants corporate tax exemptions for a fixed period to companies that are considered beneficial and strategic to national interest by the issuance of a Pioneer Status Certificate. The relief covers a non-renewable five year period for pioneer industries and seven years for those located in economically disadvantaged areas.

Tax Relief

A wide range of tax reliefs are available to investors who pursue the following:

  • Local raw materials sourcing [research and development] – 120% of expenses
  • Local raw material utilization – 30% tax concession for 5 years
  • Local value added – 10% tax concession
  • Intensive labour processes – 15% tax concession for 5 years
  • Non-oil exports – 10% tax concession
  • In-plant training [Manpower training and development] 2% tax concession
  • Investment in economically disadvantaged areas 100% tax holiday
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Investment tax credit on qualifying capital – 25%
  • Investment tax credit on locally manufactured plants – 15%.

Lands

By virtue of the Land Use Act CAP L.60 of 1978 which has has been enshrined in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria through S315[5], the management and control of land in any State of the Federation was vested in the Governor of each State of the Federation. In line with the extant law, the Policy thrust of Lagos State is to provide land at affordable rate with the provision of infrastructural facilities for residential, commercial, industrial, water front land and agricultural purposes. Leasehold interest of between 25-99 years with opportunity of renewal of such leases are usually created in respect of allocated land by the State.To ensure proper development of the State, well articulated Development Plans have been prepared to lay-out the following Government schemes for Residential, Commercial and Industrial purposes.

List of Schemes

  • Golden Jubilee Estate, Sangotedo, Lekki                                                        Ikorodu III
  • Safe Court Garden, Ijanikin                                                                              Mosafejo Aradagun
  • Valley View, Agbowa                                                                                         Ikorodu II
  • Rock View, Imota                                                                                              Orisan Waterfront
  • Ogudu Garden valley                                                                                        Amuwo Odofin [Residential]
  • Ewu- Elepe                                                                                                         Amuwo Odofin [Commercial]
  • Lekki I Lekki II
  • Isheri-North                                                                                                           Abijo GRA
  • Fortune Garden                                                                                                    Sunnyfield
  • Crystal                                                                                                                   Ipaja/Alagba
  • Magodo GRA                                                                                                       Ikorodu II

 

To enhance effective and efficient implementation of the land policies, and also to ease the way of doing business in the State, land administration process has been computerized with the introduction of the Electronic Document Management Service [EDMS]. The Land Registry has been upgraded and restructured, and its business processes has also been reviewed tremendously. The laybout of the Lands Registry has been redesigned to ensure easy flow of processes and transactions which in turn leads t faster processing of documents. The work-flow interface with customers in all Directorates in Lands Bureau has been collapsed into four occasions: Applicant submits application – Applicant collects Demand Notice – Applicant submits revenue receipts – Applicant comes back to collect reistered title documents.

The State has created a new land allocation system for schemes such that it ensures easy access to allocated land and prompt issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy within 30 days of payment of all land charges. It has also embarked on the computerization of all processes with the aim of being fully ICT compliance in the nearest future. Further enquiries on all issues of land administration and management in the State can be accessed through the website: www.lasg.lands.ng. Correnspondence can also be forwarded to:

The Permanent Secretary

Lands Bureau,

Block 13,

The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos

 

Non-oil Export Incentives

  • Retention of export proceeds in foreign currency – 100% in Nigerian Banks
  • Duty Drawback Scheme
  • Manufacture-in-bond Scheme

Information on incentives can be obtained from:

  • Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives,The Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos
  • Lagos State Internal Revenue Services, Good Shepherd Building, Opp. Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos
  • Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission [NIPC]), Abuja
  • Lagos State Ministry of Finance, The Secretariat, Alausa, lkeja, Lagos
  • Nigeria Customs Service, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja
  • Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND MONUMENTS

Lagos State is a tourist haven. Of Nigeria’s over 700 km Atlantic sandy beaches, the State has the majority with its 180 km coconut-fringed Atlantic littoral which consists of several beaches rising to about 20 between Badagry in the west and Lekki in the east. Foremost among the State’s beaches, which are glittering beauty of its aquatic splendour, are the following:

 

Bar Beach, Victoria Island                         Atlas Cove, Apapa
Lekki Beach                                                Light House, Apapa
Maiyegun, Victoria Island                          Kuramo Waters, Victoria Island
Alpha Beach, Eti-Osa                                 Hermitage Resort, Tiye, Ibeju-Lekki
Whispering Palms Resort, Iworo               Ibeshe, Ikorodu
Eleko/Akodo, Ibeju-Lekki                         Suntan Resort, Sapo, Badagry
Tarkwa Bay, Apapa                                   Topo Island, Badagry
Ogogoro Island                                          Eko Tourist Beach Resort, Akodo
Snake Island, Apapa                                  Gbethrome, Badagry
5 Divisions of the State                              Monuments of different shades
La Campagne Tropicana Resort,

Okun Folu

 

Aside the above, the State is a tourist delight with regard to its historical and cultural engagements with early European explorers, merchants and innovators thus resulting in several monumental masterpieces including but not limited to the following:

Ikeja Tourist Sites

  • Lagos State Government Secretariat Ikeja House, Alausa, Ikeja
  • Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, [Parliament Building] Alausa, Ikeja
  • Lagos Television and Radio Lagos/Eko F.M., Agidingbi Ikeja
  • Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja [Hub of aviation in West Africa]
  • LASU Ethnography Museum, Oba Ogunji Road, Ogba, Agege
  • Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau, PSSDC Road, Magodo, Kosofe
  • Statue of Lagos Idejo Chiefs – megacity’s traditional land gentry
  • Third Mainland Bridge/Outer Ring Road Complex
  • Isheri/River Ogun – Cradle of Awori and Lagos indigenous population

Badagry Tourist Sites

  • First Storey Building in Nigeria, – constructed by the CMS [Anglican Mission] in 1845
  • Ologe Forest Reserve, Ologe, Ilogbo, off Badagry Expressway
  • Relics of Slave Trade, Badagry-Mobee Compound, Seriki Abass Slave Barraccoon [1847]; Boeko, Boekoh Quarters, Vlekete Slave Market, Posukoh Quarters – Badagry where the Lander Brothers were tried in 1825
  • Palace of De Wheno Aholu [King] Menu Toyi 1, Akran of Badagry, Jegba Quarters
  • Agia Cenotaph, Badagry – site where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria in 1842
  • Nigeria – Benin Republic International Border, Seme, Badagry
  • Ogu Toplisen Shrine, Hunto Quarters, Badagry – where Badagry Monarchs [Aholu] are crowned
  • Trade Fair Complex, Ojo [site of annual Lagos International Trade Fair]
  • Tomb of George Fremingo, [1620] alias Huntokonu, first slave merchant in Badagry
  • Early Missionaries’ Cemetery [1845], Hospital Road, Ahovikoh Quarters, Badagry
  • Lagos State University, [LASU], Ojo
  • Ogu Stately Drums [Sato] introduced in 1543 – Akarakumo
  • Nigeria – French Language Village, Badagry, Inter-University Centre for French Language Studies
  • Badagry Museum [Old British District Officer’s Building], Marina, Badagry
  • Atlantic Slave Route/Port [Badagry – Marina and Gberefu Beach]
  • Whispering Palms [Recreation Resort], Iworo

Ikorodu Tourist Sites

  • Palace of the Ayangburen of Ikorodu,
  • Iledi Oshugbo Abalaiye Ikorodu: sacred groove for the installation of Ikorodu Kings
  • Egbin Thermal Station, Egbin, largest thermal power facility in Africa [home to Lagos Independent Power Project]
  • Ikorodu Lighter Port Terminal, lpakodo
  • Ijede Warm Springs
  • Cradoo Lake Waterfront, Ipakodo and Ibeshe
  • Voice of Nigeria [VON] Transmitting Station, Ikorodu
  • Lagos State Polytechnic, Odogunyan, Ikorodu

Lagos Tourist Sites

  • lga Idunganran, Isale-Eko, – Official residence of the Oba [King] of Lagos since 1670
  • Brazilian Quarters [Campos] — Home to Hispanic returnees and Brazilian architecture
  • Lagos Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Tinubu Square – Nigeria’s premier CBD and hub of commercial/financial services
  • National Theatre, lganmu, Lagos – Nigeria’s ‘Cultural Village’ and centre of arts
  • Lagos Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikwe St., Tinubu, Lagos – Seat of Islamic activities
  • National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos – Nigeria’s Premier ‘Sports City’

Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

  • Tafawa Balewa Square, Race Course – National Ceremonial Parade Ground, 1863-1991
  • Nigeria Conservation Centre, Igbo-Efon, Eti-Osa
  • Enu Owa Shrine, Isale Eko – Where Lagos Monarchs are crowned
  • Apapa/Tin Can Island Ports Complex – Hub of Nigeria’s maritime/shipping industry
  • Old Federal Parliament Building, Race Course, Lagos
  • Old Colonial Nigeria Secretariat, Marina Lagos
  • Old Glover’s Hausa Guard Mosque [Obalende Central Mosque], Obalende, Lagos
  • Holy Cross Cathedral — Cradle and seat of the Roman Catholic Mission in Nigeria
  • Cathedral Church of Christ — Seat of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion

Epe Tourist Sites

  • Youth Rehabilitation and Development Centre, Ita-Oko Island, Epe
  • Agricultural Training Institute, Araga, Epe
  • Relics of Brazilian Architecture and Atlantic Slave Trade, Lekki Town
  • Eko Tourist Beach Resort, Akodo, Ibeju-Lekki
  • Lekki Rest House: Confinement Home of Nigeria’s first Opposition Leader
  • Recreation Centre, Epe, Marina
  • Lagos State University [LASU], Epe Campus
  • Murtala Mohammed Botanical Garden, Epe
  • Lekki Free Trade Zone Complex

  Centre for Rural Development’s [CERUD] Complex and Botanical Garden, Igbodu, Epe

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