The local administration system in Nigeria has undergone four different phases. The first phase or epoch was during the period between 1914 and 1950, the second one was between 1950 and 1966, the third period lasted from 1967 to 1976, and the final era started in 1976 and is being used today. There are 774 local government areas in Nigeria and only 5 can be referred to as the largest. Let’s find out more!
Top 5 largest local government areas in Nigeria
1. Local government area in Lagos State
Lagos State is split into two parts: mainland and the island with 20 local government areas. The state’s governor is Akinwunmi Ambode. The biggest local government in Lagos State and in Nigeria is Alimosho and its population is about 430,890 according to the 2006 Census and 1,756,500 as estimated by 2015 projection.
2. Local government area in Kano State
Kano State is located in the northern region of Nigeria. The state borders with another big local government in Katsina State on the north-west. The capital of Kano State is the city of Kano. The biggest local government is Nasarawa and its population according to the 2006 Census is 596,411 and 801,000 people according to 2015 projection.
3. Local government area in Rivers State
Rivers State is also on our list of top 5 local governmental areas by population. Port Harcourt is its capital and the largest city in the state. It is one of the most important economic center when it comes to the Nigerian oil industry. The third largest local government is Port-Harcourt and its population is 538,558 people (Census 2006) and 729,700 (Projection 2015).
4. Local government area in Bauchi State
The Bauchi State local government area is located in northern part of Nigeria. It consists of 493,730 people (2006 Census), and 669,000 as was estimated by the 2015 projection.
5. Local government area in Oyo State
Oyo is the inland state in south-western part of Nigeria. The state’s capital is Ibadan. The biggest local government is Ibadan North East and consists of 331,444 (Census 2006) and 449,100 (Projection 2015).
These are the top 5 largest local government in Nigeria by population. If you want to find out more, visit the CityPopulation website to learn about the current statistics and other interesting facts about local government areas in Nigeria.