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Lagos State

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Lagos is Nigeria's commercial and financial centre and several industrial estates can be found in the state. The Lagos port complex is located along its coastline and is one of the largest in the West African region.

Fishing in inland waterways as well as deep-sea fishing and shrimping along the coast are significant commercial activities in Lagos State. Agriculture is also important: the main crops grown in the state include corn, cassava, vegetables, rice, yams, cocoyam, cowpeas, soya beans, coconuts, oil palms and kolanuts. Mineral resources available in commercial quantities in the state include clay and industrial sands.

The tertiary institutions in the state include two federal universities (the University of Lagos and the National Open University of Nigeria); one state university (Lagos State University); three private universities (Pan-Atlantic University, Cetep City University and Caleb University); and a number of polytechnics, including the Lagos State Polytechnic and the Yaba College of Technology. The state is also home to the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology; a federal college of education; the Lagos State College of Primary Education, Epe; and the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin. Other institutions in Lagos State include the Lagos State School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health and College of Health Technology.

Broad Street Prison, Lagos Island during colonial times

Broad Street Prison on Lagos Island was the first colonial prison in Lagos. Initially built from mud and grass thatch in 1882, it was rebuilt using bricks imported from England in 1885 as anti-colonial activists kept setting it on fire. Many famous Nigerians - from Herbert Macaulay to Wole Soyinka - were held in the prison. Today it is known as Freedom Park, a thriving home for the arts in the city.

Picture source: BBC