We will be doing a series as part of our mission to educate Nigerians on #sabi things concerning #naija aside the #koko of bringing our streets and bus-stops closer to the people.
So we will be giving small information concerning various states in Nigeria and today we start with Lagos State.
PROFILE OF LAGOS STATE
Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967. Lagos ceased to be the political capital of Nigeria on the 12th of December, 1991.Nevertheless, Lagos remains the nation’s economic and commercial capital.
Ikeja is the capital of Lagos State.
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.
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 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.
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 symbols on the Seal are of primary colours of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black [“CMYK”].
The descriptions of each symbol on the Seal are interpreted as follows:
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. This 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).