The Community is inhabited by various ethnic groups. Besides ethnic Igbos and Yoruba, Eguns are strongly represented. They are a non-homogenous group of people from Badagry and the Republic of Benin Most houses built in Ilaje Bariga are shanties or simple houses constructed of wood situated on- or off-shore of the Lagos Lagoon. Family size is up to 10 persons living in a modest 1- room space.

  • Infrastructure is very poor due to lack of government support in the area: No running water, electricity only for a few hours/day, no paved roads, no sanitation/toilets, no garbage collection, no public schools. Accordingly, the area is covered with garbage and faeces leading to the faster spreading of diseases.
  • Living conditions worsen dramatically during the rainy season and the occurrence of tides when the area turns into a sea of mud and water enters many of the buildings 7
  • Most children are not going to schools due to the inadequate number of available schools, inability to pay schooling fees and low parents involvement
  • Despite this desperate situation many Ilaje Bariga habitants value their community and have no ambition to leave the place. For them the best way to a better live is improved infrastructure and job opportunities for which education and formation is key. 8
  • No public schools
  • Estimated 50% of children in the area do not attend school at all; the main reason is inability or unwillingness to pay school fees for all children
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