Lagos’s resilience journey

With an estimated 26 million citizens living in 3,577 square km, Lagos is the cultural and economic heart of Nigeria, the country’s largest metropolitan area and its most urbanized state. Lagos’s prosperity has hinged on its coastal location, as it serves important port functions for Nigeria and the West African region.

Water bodies and wetlands cover over 40% of the Lagos’s total land area, making the city particularly vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels and coastal erosion. This has already led to a decline in water quality, the destruction of drainage infrastructure, and increased incidences of waterborne and vector-borne disease. Coastal erosion has also hurt indigenous communities that depend on coastal resources.

Lagos’s current population growth rate of 3.2% per year, due to natural increase and migration, is fast becoming a significant resilience challenge. Available infrastructure is largely inadequate to serve the current and future needs of residents, resulting in citywide challenges in sanitation, infrastructure, pollution, and poverty.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Dr Folayinka Dania

Chief Resilience Officer

Dr Folayinka Dania is the Chief Resilience Officer for Lagos State and the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO). She coordinates the implementation of the Lagos Resilience Strategy in collaboration with other State Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with the goal of ensuring that the State continues to thrive, adapt and grow sustainably.

She was previously the State’s Deputy CRO and during her tenure she supervised the development of the Lagos Resilience Strategy and its implementation plans by the multi-disciplinary LASRO team. Prior to joining LASRO, she served at the State Ministry of Health in various capacities, leading and developing State health programmes.

Dr Dania holds a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Lagos and a master’s degree in Public Health from Imperial College London.

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