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Multi-faceted approach to flood control in Lagos

Lagos, 16 December 2015 — Flooding has become a serious issue in Lagos. The reason is that many parts of the city are below sea level. Sporadic rainfall and human activities of blocking free passage of water also make many areas vulnerable to floods. To address this challenge, the state government has been investing massively in drainage construction under the Road Network Efficiency Improvement (RNEI). Simultaneously, various stakeholders have been focused on sensitizing the public about the possibility of floods and the need for sound environmental safety practices. See more.

Infrastructure investments to reduce poverty in Lagos suburbs

Lagos, 18 November 2015 — A rising population combined with limited land space has led to a housing deficit in Lagos, forcing many workers to seek residency in the city’s suburbs. Though these locations are not so far from the metropolis, commuting has become a major challenge. The state government through its Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) started the Rail Mass Transit system in 2009 to serve as a faster and more efficient means of transportation both from the outskirts and within the city. The Blue Line Project is one of the seven rail projects proposed by the government. See more.

Measuring impact of education reform

Lagos, 21 October 2015 — An important aspect of a program's success lies in the ability to measure impact. For the Lagos Eko Secondary Project, improving educational standards and infrastructure is measured through student performance and management training progress and its application. See more.

ICTs + Youth = Socio-economic opportunities

Lagos, 16 September 2015 — Two critical aspects to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals are using a targeted approach and strong partnerships between multiple stakeholders. Paradigm Initiatives Nigeria, a social enterprise connecting poor youth to opportunities using information and communication technologies, is successfully combining these two aspects in its approach to fighting poverty in Lagos. See more.

Creating an inclusive environment for people with disabilities

Lagos, 6 August 2015 — Visions for an inclusive Lagos, where opportunities are available to all, require supporting People With Disabilities (PWDs). This realization has given rise to a city institution that works to champion the cause of PWDs and to implement policies and programs that guarantee equal rights and opportunities for PWDs. See more.

Regulating buses to ensure safe commutes

Lagos, 23 July 2015 — Ease of transportation in urban areas depends not only on access but also on quality and safety of the transport options. With various safety issues worrying Lagos residents, the city introduces measures to increase safety through the easy identification of legitimate commercial vehicles using registration and badges. See more.

Traffic solutions for a megacity

"It's not enough for us to stay in the office and believe that we can create solutions to the traffic challenge that we have in the state..." said Akin Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State, on an inspection tour of traffic hotspots last month. In his first few weeks in office, Ambode visited the 3rd Mainland Bridge, Oworonshoki, Ketu, Abule-egba, Alimosho, Mile 2, Apapa, Mile 2 and the Lekki-Ajah Expressway. On those visits he announced plans to widen roads, install traffic lights, build a footbridge (in Berger) and a flyover (in Ajah). He also ordered the relocation of a number of traffic-causing bus-parks. Read more.

From carts to trucks: efficiency in waste management

Lagos, 5 June 2015 — Inspired by garbage cart pushers and manual garbage collectors, the city of Lagos, through public-private partnerships, has scaled up the system of waste management and has allowed, to some degree, for the inclusion of informal trash collectors into the formal system. See more.

Speaking on behalf of the voiceless

Lagos, 11 May 2015 — Economic and social justice is a right of every individual, but vulnerable groups often become marginalized. See how Lagos-based SERAP is championing the cause of such groups through legal actions and advocacy. See more.

Powering health care services: from diesel power to solar energy

Lagos, 8 April 2015 — Renewable forms of energy, such as solar energy, provide more sustainable and environmentally friendly sources of power. With that in mind, Lagos has begun using alternative energy to provide dependable health care services. See more.