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Examining the Lagos Green Initiative: A case study of Kosofe Local Government
Saratu Omagbemi Ajike, Anjolajesu Ayinde

Last modified: 2016-01-14


Environmental sustainability has been a global agenda which aligns with the Millennium 
Development goal seven (7). In line with this global agenda, Nigeria scaled up her priorities to 
ensure meeting this goal by putting in place useful machineries (Adeagbo,2013); the creation of 
parks and greening Lagos was one of such actions. Hence, this study sort to examine 
government’s initiative towards sustaining the environment, and the attitude of its citizenry. 
The study utilized a qualitative method to obtain information from key informants, opinion 
leaders and program coordinators who were identified; while a cross-sectional descriptive survey 
was utilized to obtain quantitative data through the distribution of questionnaires among 
residents of Kosofe Local Government of Lagos after cluster sampling. Computed coded data, 
were analyzed into frequencies and descriptive statistics using SPSS version 16.
Findings from this study reveal that, the mean age of the respondents was ± 30. The key 
informant interview revealed commitment to sustaining the initiative and it also showed that 
community involvement was a key strategy to sustenance. Data from respondents revealed that 
60% of the community members support the green initiative, while 70% of respondents, 
established willingness to contribute to the green Lagos initiative. Overall, respondents felt 
positive effect on their health. Hence, this initiative is worthwhile and should be replicated 
elsewhere. There is a need for focused strategies to harness full community involvement so as to 
meet the vision of the initiative.