20 local governments in Lagos state

Lagos state was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of State (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. 14 in 1967  which restructured Nigeria’s Federation into 12 states. Did you ask ”how many local governments do we have in Lagos state”? This article will list and explain to you all local governments that are in Lagos state step by step.

How many local governments are in Lagos state? Or do you simply want to know the list and explanation of all local governments in Lagos state? If yes, then let’s discus more information about Lagos state with you before we start showing you all LGAs in Lagos state!!

About Lagos state Nigeria

The Lagos state is an administrative region of Nigeria and it is located in the South-Western part of the country. As a matter of fact, it is smallest among other states in Nigeria but it is the most populous one.

The current executive governor of Lagos State is Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who won Governorship election in the state on March 9, 2019.

Lagos state is bounded on the north and east by Ogun State. In the west, it shares bounder with the Republic of Benin. Its southern borders are with the Atlantic Ocean. 22% of its 3,577 km2 are lagoons and creeks.

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While the state is completely a Yoruba-speaking environment, it is a socio-cultural melting pot attracting both Nigerians and foreigners alike.

Lagos state is divided into five Administrative divisions, which then further divided into 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The five Administrative Divisions in Lagos state are:

  • Badagry 
  • Epe
  • Ikeja 
  • Ikorodu 
  • Lagos division

Ikeja being the state capital of Lagos state, it is a planned, clean and quiet residential and commercial town with shopping malls, pharmacies and government reserved areas.

The Murtala Mohammed International Airport is located in Ikeja which made Ikeja the most beautiful and busiest city in Lagos.

Ikeja is also a home of Femi Kuti’s African Shrine, Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Lagbaja’s Motherland, etc.

Now, let’s start to discuss with you all Local Governments that are in Lagos state Nigeria.

How many Local Governments Areas (LGAs) do we have in Lagos state?

Lagos state Nigeria as a biggest state in Nigeria is divided into 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The 20 Local Governments in Lagos state are listed below:

  1. Agege
  2. Alimosho
  3. Ifako-Ijaiye
  4. Ikeja (capital of Lagos State)
  5. Kosofe
  6. Mushin
  7. Oshodi-Isolo
  8. Somolu (aka Shomolu)
  9. Ikorodu
  10. Apapa, Nigeria
  11. Eti-Osa (Victoria Island and Ikoyi, formerly the residence of the Nigerian FCT)
  12. Lagos Island
  13. Lagos Mainland
  14. Surulere
  15. Epe
  16. Ibeju-Lekki
  17. Ajeromi-Ifelodun
  18. Amuwo-Odofin
  19. Badagry
  20. Ojo

Lagos state is a major economic centre of Nigeria. It can be the fifth largest economy in Africa if it was a country. For example, Lagos is an headquarter of all notable businesses, companies and commercial banks in Nigeria.

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Notable cities in Lagos state Nigeria

Lagos was being served as the state capital and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria until 1976 when the capital of the state was moved to Ikeja.

After the full establishment of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the seat of the Nigerian Federal Government was also formally relocated to Abuja on 12 December 1991. Up till now, Lagos state remains the most financial centre of the country (Nigeria).

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Lagos state as the biggest and most financial centre in Nigeria, the following are the notable cities that you can find in it:

1. Ikeja city

Lagos state local government, Alausa, Ikeja.

Ikeja city is the state capital (headquarter) of Lagos State. It is a planned, clean and quiet residential and commercial town with shopping malls, pharmacies and government reserved areas.

The Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) is located in Ikeja city of Lagos state.

Ikeja is the capital of Lagos State in South-Western part Nigeria. Its population density according to the 2006 population census is 313,196.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has its headquarter in Ikeja on the grounds of Murtala Muhammad Airport.

Also, the Accident Investigation Bureau of the Nigerian government is headquartered in Ikeja.

Being the biggest city in Lagos state, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has its head office in Ikeja city.

Ikeja, being the most populous and notable city in Lagos state, it has 12 districts and they are:

  • Anifowose
  • Oregun
  • Ojodu
  • Opebi
  • Akiode
  • Alausa
  • Agidingbi
  • Ogba
  • Magodo
  • Maryland
  • Onigbongbo and
  • Government Reserved Area (GRA), Ikeja.

Alausa district, Ikeja, Lagos state

Alausa is one of the 12 biggest principal districts in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. It is the location of the Lagos State Secretariat and offices of the Governor and Deputy-Governor of the state.

Prince Alhaji Muftau Toyin Bhadmus of the Odewale ruling house was selected as the new Baale of Alausa, Ikeja local government in Lagos state on October 4th, 2020.

Alausa also has a vibrant and growing Central Business District with several multinational business concerns like Cadbury Nigeria Plc and many others having their offices located in the area.

It also has many low density residential estates like the Cornerstone Estate; MKO Abiola Gardens located within it.

2. Ikorodu city

Ikorodu city is one of notable and largest cites in Lagos State, Nigeria. It is located to the north-east of Lagos City, along the Lagos Lagoon and shares a boundary with Ogun State.

In the last Nigerian population census that happened in 2006, the population of the people who live in Ikorodu city of Lagos state was 535,619.

The town of Ikorodu itself is home to branches of several established Nigerian commercial banks.

Ikorodu local government being the biggest city in Lagos state, it contains 18 different polling units where election exercise can be taken place.

18 polling units in Ikorodu local government are:

  1. Isele I
  2. Isele II
  3. Isele III
  4. Aga/Ijimu
  5. Ipakodo
  6. Imota 1
  7. Imota II
  8. Isiu
  9. Igbogbo I
  10. Igbogbo II
  11. Baiyeku/Oreta
  12. Ijede J
  13. Ijede II
  14. Agura/Iponmi
  15. Odogunyan
  16. Erikorodu
  17. Agbala and
  18. Olorunda/Igbaga

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Ikorodu is the largest local government in Lagos State. As a matter of fact, the first indigenous peple of Ikorodu immigrated from Sagamu in Ogun state.

3. Lagos city

Lagos local government and the most populous city in Lagos state, Nigeria as a whole and the continent of Africa at large.

The Lagos city is one of the most populous cities in Nigeria and Africa.

In 2015 population census, it was assumed that the population of Lagos city was approximately 16 million.

Lagos is a port which originated on islands separated by creeks, such as Lagos Island, fringing the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon while protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands and long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretched up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) east and west of the mouth.

The metropolitan area of Lagos includes Ikeja (which is the capital of Lagos State) and Agege and Mushin.

4. Badagry city

Badagry is a coastal town in Lagos state. It is situated between Metropolitan Lagos, and the border of the Republic of Benin at Seme.

According to the preliminary 2006 census outcome, Badagry city had a population of 241,093.

Currently, the city of Badagry is led by a traditional ruler, Akran De Wheno Aholu Menu – Toyi 1, who is also the permanent vice-chairman of Obas and chiefs in Lagos State.

Badagry is a city in Lagos which is known in comprising tallest and beautiful buildings (houses). It is also a home of the Egun people who are predominantly being known as fishermen in Nigeria.

5. Epe city

Epe is a city or town and one of the Local Governments in Lagos state, Nigeria. It is located on the north side of the Lekki Lagoon and about 90 km from Ibadan.

During the 2006 Census exercise, the population of Epe city was approximately 181,409.

 Epe city is popular for the fish farming and other lucrative businesses.

The local government house of Epe local government of Lagos state is also located in Epe city.

6. Ojo city

Ojo is one of the 20 Local Government Areas and notable cities in Lagos state, Nigeria.

Since Lagos State University is located in Ojo, it is very clean, busy and notable. Ojo city in Lagos state is located on the eastern section of the Trans–West African Coastal Highway, about 37km west of Lagos. It is also part of the Lagos Metropolitan Area.

Ojo is a primarily a residential township although it contains some major markets including Alaba International Market, Alaba livestock market (Alaba Rago), the old Lagos International Trade Fair complex, and Iyana-Iba market.

Ojo local government and city in Lagos state also houses the divisional headquarters of 81 division Nigerian Army and Navy Town.

7. Lekki city

Lekki city is one of the cities in the south eastern part of Lagos state. It is a naturally formed peninsula and still largely under the construction.

In 2015, only phase 1 of Lekki’s project had been completed, with phase 2 nearing completion. The peninsula is approximately 70 to 80 km long, with an average width of 10 km.

Lekki currently houses several estates, gated residential developments, agricultural farmlands, areas allocated for a Free Trade Zone, an airport, and a sea port under construction.

The proposed land use master plan for the Lekki envisages the Peninsula as a “Blue-Green Environment City”, expected to accommodate over 3.4 million residential population and an additional non-residential population of at least 1.9 million.

8. Eko Atlantic

Eko Atlantic is a planned city which was being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

It is located on the former Lagos’ Bar Beach. Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating at least 250,000 residents and a daily flow of at least 150,000 commuters.

The development will also have a positive environmental impact; its purpose is to stop the erosion of the Lagos coastline.

The Eko Atlantic City’s project in Lagos state received global recognition in 2009, as the Lagos State government and its private sector partners on the Project, South Energyx, received the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Certificate.


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In conclusion for you, Lagos state is fully a Yoruba-speaking environment.

Indigenous inhabitants include the Awori and Ogu a.k.a. Egun in the Ikeja and Badagry divisions respectively, with the Egun being found mainly in Badagry.

There is also amixture of other pioneer settlers collectively known as the Eko.

The indigenous people of the Ikorodu and Epe divisions of Lagos state are mainly the Ijebu with pockets of Eko-Awori settlers along the coastland and riverine areas.

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