The state is located in the southwest of the country, bordered to the north and east by Ogun State, on the west by Benin and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean.
The state was formed on 27 May 1967. First governor was between May 28 1967 and July 1975 Ohofunso Mobolaji Johnson.
Current governor has Babatunde Raji Fashola May 29, 2007.
Governors and Administrators
- Mobolaji Johnson ( governor 1968-1975 )
- Adekunle Lawal (Governor 1975-1977 )
- Ndubuisi Kanu (Governor 1977-1978)
- Ebitu Ukiwe (Governor 1978-1979 )
- Lateef Jakande (Governor 1979-1983 )
- Gbolahan Mudashiru (Governor 1984-1986 )
- Michael Akhigbe (Governor 1986-1988 )
- Raji Rasaki (Governor 1988-1992)
- Michael Otedola (Governor 1992-1993)
- Olagunsoye Oyinlola ( administrator 1993-1996)
- Mohammed Marwa ( administrator 1996-1999)
- Bola Tinubu (Governor 1999-2007 )
- Babatunde Fashola (Governor since 2007)
The state is divided into five divisions ( Badagry, Epe, Ikeja, Ikorodu and Lagos ), and in 20 Local Government Areas ( Agege, Ajeromi - Ifelodun, Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Eti - Osa, Lekki - Ibeju, Ifako - Ijaye, Ikeja, Ikorodo, Kosofe, Lagos Iceland, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Ojo, Oshodi - Isolo, Surulere and Shomolu ).
The state is the economic center of the country and is home to over 2,000 industries. 65 percent of the trading activities of Nigeria accounted for by the state. The two largest ports in the country, Apapa and Tin -Can be in the state of Lagos.