by Sarah Qamar

Lagos is Africa’s largest city, one of the world’s fastest growing cities, with an estimated population between 17 – 22 million people, expected to be the third largest city in the world by 2050. The vibrant and fast paced megacity is the financial centre of Nigeria, currently with the highest GDP and largest and busiest ports on the African continent.

The high population and fast-paced growth has affected certain sectors of the economy, such as sanitation, resulting in an inadequate infrastructure to cope with the rapidly increasing demands. Over the past few years, the Lagos State Government (the State) have focused on tackling and solving the piling issues, in order to meet with the growing demands of Lagos State residents. Efforts have been pushed towards sanitation and the environment, due to poor waste management and sanitation practices across the State, which has led to a series of negative multiplier effects, including affecting the health of the people.

With a focus on tackling and improving the State’s waste management process in a phased, strategic and efficient manner, the goal is to better and improve the lives of the people of the State, and to have a cleaner Lagos for generations to come. To this end, the State developed the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) geared to meeting the current and future sanitation demands, and to reform and transform the landscape of Lagos State, where the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) will serve as an empowered regulatory body.

CLI aims to deliver an innovative and sustainable waste management system that is comparable to other world-class megacities. The solid waste management system has been overhauled with the creation of new landfills, transfer loading stations, and material recovery facilities.

The mandate for the State is to have a cleaner megacity built to drive environmental and economic prosperity to all. With this, CLI has designed and developed an infrastructure and process built to meet the demands and objectives of waste management and sanitation in Lagos State, covering waste collection, processing and disposal. In addition, CLI will create over 27,000 direct jobs and a further 400,000 indirect jobs, contributing to improving socio-economic status and bettering the lives of our people.


Mission Statement

To implement an efficient innovative waste management and sanitation solution for Lagos States’ solid waste, by providing a sustainable and environmentally sound integrated system, while promoting waste reduction.


To have a cleaner Lagos built to drive environmental and economic prosperity to all residents and visitors of Lagos State.

Core Values

  • Improved Environmental Related Health
  • Enabling Environmental Friendliness
  • Encourage Investment
  • Boost Sustainability and Development