Lagos’ Resilience Story

Lagos has over 21 million inhabitants and is the cultural and economic heart of Nigeria. With financial, commercial, and tourist centers located on islands in the Gulf of Guinea, Lagos is especially susceptible to damage from rising sea levels and coastal erosion, which have already led to a decline in water quality, the destruction of drainage infrastructure, and an increase in incidences of water and vector borne disease. Coastal erosion has also hurt indigenous communities that depend on coastal resources for survival.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Energy Insecurity
  • Inadequate Public Transportation Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Lagos's CRO

Simon Gusah is the first Chief Resilience Officer for Lagos. As an urban development planner, he has worked for more than 10 years in the fields of housing, social, and infrastructure planning, with community, government and international organisations in the UK, Australia, and Nigeria. He has a deep understanding of livelihoods, urban resilience planning, and community engagement in Australia and in the international development context in Africa. Mr. Gusah co-founded the Nigeria Resilient Cities Network (NRCN) in 2016, a registered NGO dedicated to driving city resilience, urban governance, and sustainable development across Nigeria. He additionally holds experience as a visiting researcher at Ahmadu Bello University’s Centre for Spatial Information Sciences and as an Urban Development Planner for Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility.

Central to Mr. Gusah’s praxis is action-research, which has led him to pursue development models such as the 4P Urban Governance Model – Public-Private-People Partnerships to bridge the gap between formal and informal land and housing markets – and Viral Mass Housing as a mechanism to meet Nigeria’s affordable housing needs. Mr. Gusah holds a Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning & Environment from Australia’s RMIT University, and a BSc and MSc in Architecture from Ahmadu Bello University. He is an associate member of the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) and a qualified urban planner with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Snapshot of Lagos

  • 21,300,000

    POPULATION AS OF 2015

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