IBEJU LEKKI Local Government is one of the four created in Lagos State by Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in 1990, out of the old Epe Local Government, with headquarters at Akodo. However in October 2003, the then Executive Governor of Lagos State, H. E Bola Ahmed Tinubu, carved LEKKI LCDA out of IBEJU LEKKI LOCAL GOVERNMENT. This in turn necessitated the relocation of the headquarters from Akodo to Igando Oloja, its present site.
The name, Lekki is derived from the names of two autonomous communities, namely Ibeju-Agbe and Lekki. The local government is bounded by Eti-Osa East LCDA on the west, Epe on the East and the Atlantic Ocean on the North.
Ibeju- Lekki is about 75km long and 20 km at its widest point and is spread over 646km2 or a quarter of the total land mass of Lagos state.
Some of the major town in Ibeju-Lekki includes Ibeju-Agbe, Magbon-Alade, Iberikodo, Igando-Oloja, Aiyeteju, Awoyaya, Bogoje, Akodo, Elerangbe, Eleko, Elemoro, Idi-Orogbo, Lakowe, Orimedu, Abijo, Mopo-Ijebu Eputu and Badore.
Located along the coastal plain of Nigeria, Ibeju-Lekki has many creeks and Lagoons and its mainly populated by Ijebu speaking people of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria.
Her People and Culture
‘……Omo onigi meta ijebu, ikan n so owo, ikan n so iyun, ikan n so alaari baba aso…..’
Ibeju Lekki indigenes are friendly and accommodating as can be seen in their peaceful co-existence with various other Yoruba and non-Yoruba speaking Nigerians and foreigners. Indigenes of Ibeju Lekki are mainly fishermen, who traverse the length and breadth of both Lagos Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean for different species of fishes, cray fish, prawn, lobsters and crabs. The resultant effect of this is that the woman smoke/grill the catches from their husbands net. Smoked fish is a local delicacy which has been exported and is popularly eaten with sour garri, a local derivative of cassava, usually produced by Ijebu woman. Indigenes of Ibeju Lekki also produce brooms, coconut oil and palm oil from the abundant coconut and palm trees that grow along the coastline.
The traditional institution of Authority which is still highly revered by the indigenes, is male dominated and patriarchal in nature. Leadership is vested in the Council of Obas and Chiefs, headed by the Onibeju, who is the chairman.
Historically, the Onibeju had been the administrative head of all communities that make up of the old Ibeju district, long before the incursion of the colonial masters. He has therefore maintained his chairmanship of the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Ibeju Lekki to date.
Ibeju Lekki is perhaps the fastest growing Local Government in Lagos State, because of the recent citing of the Export Free Trade Zone, which include both air and sea ports along its corridor by the Lagos State Government.
The fastest growing Local Government in Lagos State.
To be among the best transformed and developed cities in Lagos State by 2025.
To promote social and economic transformation of the environment through empowerment programs, venture partnership, sustainable services, infrastructural development and drive for enterpreneurship.