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Lagos Nigeria Essay Research Paper Lagos is

Lagos, Nigeria Essay, Research Paper

Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria. In 1989 the population was

1,274,000. It is still growing immensely as we speak. It is the former capital of

Nigeria. It is located on the Gulf of Guinea. It occupies four islands(Lagos,

Ikoyi, Victoria, and Ido). Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city. It is the administrative

and economic center of Lagos and also its main port. Main Industries include

railroad repair, motor vehicle assembly, food processing, and the manufacture

of metal products, textiles, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, soap, and

furniture. The city is a road and railroad center and has an international

airport. In Lagos, education is usually private. There are both Boarding

Schools and Home schooling and both cost a lot of money. Public Schools

are not that common in Lagos like they are here. The main source of

transportation in Lagos is Buses and ?tracks." Tracks are a simple version of

street cars. In Lagos, power failures, water-supply interruptions and traffic

jams is very common due to the huge population. Pollution is a very serious

problem because of the surrounding lagoons have been used as dumps for the

past few years and the increase in factories and cars. There are many national

institutions located in Lagos, among them are the National Museum, the

National Library, the University of Nigeria, and the University of Lagos. Brief

History The Portuguese, was the first to visit Lagos in 1472. It was later

established as a slave-trading center. The area was under the rule of the

Kingdom of Benin from the late-16th to the mid-19th century then in 1861. It

was later taken over by the British. The city became the capital of the Colony

and Protectorate of Nigeria in 1914 and the capital of independent Nigeria in

1960. A new Federal Capital Territory was then created in the central part of

the country in 1976 as a symbol of national unity. In December 1991,

Nigeria’s capital was formally transferred from Lagos to Abuja but some

government offices stayed in Lagos.