The Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has extolled the virtues of the former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande for his contributions to development of education and housing in Nigeria.
Prof Osinbajo said that the former Governor exhibited good leadership quality and was dedicated to public service.
Vice President was speaking in Lagos at the ninetieth birthday celebration of the former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
“Alhaji Jakande as we all know is a revolutionary figure in the political history of our country. Here is a man who by great vision was able to several revolutionary things. Beginning with completely changing the education system in Lagos State and thus the whole of the country. The free education in Lagos was trans-formative in the sense he stopped the shift systems, the morning and afternoon shifts and became one system and so many hundreds of young Nigerians were able to go to school.
Importantly, is the issue of housing which he took so effectively. The largest houses which was ever built in the history by any state government including the federal government was built under Jakande administration and that has remained historical till today.
Alhaji Jakande has shown that governance with people in mind is possible.” VP said.
Prof. Osinbajo however felicitated with the former Lagos governor, thanking God for sparing his life.
Saluting his predecessor
In a glowing tribute to his predecessor and first civilian governor of the State, the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that Jakande’s legacy in leadership and governance remained a reference point in contemporary history, despite leaving government for more than three decades ago.
Describing Jakande’s personal life as “selfless and exemplary”, Sanwo-Olu said the ex-governor’s achievements became the pathway for progressive governance in the country.
According to him “Lagos, under the Baba Jakande, became a pillar of support not only to neighbouring states, but also to faraway states, including Borno State, where he made landmark contribution. This goes to show that the progressive mind of Alhaji Jakande has been with him ever since.
“It’s something that all of us needs to copy. I wish today’s leaders could borrow from this example, which shows us how states can collaborate for greater development and opportunities. Alhaji Jakande did it 40 years ago as Governor of Lagos State and scored several firsts.”
Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s name had become a national symbol synonymous with development and progressive politics.
To honour the former governor, Sanwo-Olu announced that the state government will be naming its 496-flat Igando Garden Estate after Alhaji Jakande.
The APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu described Jakande as a “foremost progressive in Africa”, saying his loyalty to the cause of progressive politics and his leader, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, earned him “unmatched respect”.
Tinubu said: “Papa Jakande had many firsts at a time it was extremely difficult to govern. One of the key qualities of Alhaji Jakande is his unshakable, non-negotiable loyalty to his leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo go blessed memory.”
He said that archive of Jakande’s achievements became the guidance for governors after him when confronted with challenges of service delivery in critical sectors, stressing that the success of progressive politics in Lagos was the best birthday gift to Jakande.
The former Governor of Ogun State who is the Chairman of the occasion, Olusegun Osoba, declared Jakande as an accomplished Nigerian by all standards, saying he was already a global brand as a journalist and editor before he delved into public service.
He noted that someone like the former Governor deserved national honour when people of lesser contributions strut around the country with national honours.
He therefore recommended that Baba Jakande be decorated with nothing lesser than the Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR.