case study of the problems in Lagos

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  • problems with rapidly growing Lagos
    • housing
      • great inequalities between rich and poor
        • Mosholu
          • very poorest areas- slums
            • 60% of Lagos are living in slums
            • these people are very poor
          • average of 4 people in one room
          • people are not legally allowed to live here
            • because of this they steal electricity
            • have no clean water
        • Victoria island
          • very richest people who live here
          • people living here live in skyscrapers
          • lots of new building projects- echo Atlantic
    • transport
      • the city is becoming richer
        • more people are buying and using there cars
          • these cars aren't good quality and produce a lot of air pollution
      • city wasn't made to deal with this amount of people so the roads are very congested
        • air pollution
        • average time to travel 20km in the city takes 3 hours
    • waste
      • only 10% of waste is offiaclly collected
      • people dump waste into the river causing water pollution
      • many people are living near landfills, this can cause diseases
        • these land sites are badly ooked after
        • often people litter and waste is left to the point that it blocks and pollutes the water
    • health
      • big problem with not enough facilities to care for people when ill
      • there arent enough trained doctors to care for the ill
        • no free health care only the rich and can treated, causing disease to spread through the slums
        • 10,000 quack doctors throughout the city
          • some of these doctors want to help and try herbal cures
          • some only want money and can be selling deadly medicene
    • employment
      • many people working in the informal sector
        • these people don't pay taxes and have no constant form of income
        • some of this is illeagal
      • most people here are primary school educated or have higher education,
        • the factories don't require education many people in the slums work here
        • higher educated people are working int he quternanry sector-very high paying
        • there is a gap for skilled work like plumbers

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