Remaking a Neglected Megacity: A Civic Transformation in Lagos State, 1999-2012

Author: 
Gabriel Kuris

Lagos State began the twenty-first century as a boomtown crippled by crime, traffic, blight, and corruption. A regional economic hub and burgeoning state of 13.4 million people, the megalopolis had a global reputation for government dysfunction. Two successively elected governors, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola, worked in tandem to set the state on a new course. Beginning in 1999, their administrations overhauled city governance, raised new revenues, improved security and sanitation, reduced traffic, expanded infrastructure and transit, and attracted global investment. By following through on their promises to constituents and forging a new civic contract between Lagos and its taxpayers, Tinubu and Fashola laid the foundations of a functional, livable, and sustainable metropolis.

Year of publication: 
2014
Collection: 
Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies
Country: 
NIGERIA
Themes and sectors: 
Decentralisation and local government
Themes and sectors: 
Public administration
Case story length: 
23 pages

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