Lagos Celebrates Lateef Jakande At 90
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the former civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande, as a man who left behind legacies that can never be forgotten.
Professor Osinbajo stated this on Wednesday at an event to mark the 90th birthday of the former governor.
In his goodwill message, the vice president said many generations to come will continue to remember Jakande's legacies as a man who built the largest housing unit in Nigeria.
The occassion was also graced by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, former minister of power works and housing, Babatunde Fashola and many others.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his part described the era of Lateef Jakande as a “legacy” for the state and country, adding that his era brought about collaboration amongst states in the country.
Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said: “Thank God for the legacy that you have left behind, you can see your former colleague from Borno saying that way back 40 years ago, Lagos used to support other state governments. It goes to show that over 40 years ago, there have been state collaboration in this country”.
Meanwhile, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the state government plans to name the four hundred and ninty six housing unit in Igando housing estate after the former civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande.
Sanwo-olu also said the housing estate, which will be commissioned next month, will be called Alhaji Jakande Garden Estate.
He said current leaders should learn from Jakande who achieved state collaboration during his administration.
On his part, Former Governor of Ogun state and Chairman of the occasion, Olusegun Osoba, said the elder statesman has not been given enough credit for his immense contributions to the development of Nigeria.
“I feel very unhappy that in spite of all that Alhaji Lateef Jakande did for this country, he is yet to be given a national honour”, said Osoba.
Describing the failure to honour Jakande as a “disgrace”, Osoba questioned past administrations for not according recognition to him.
He said: “I think that it is a serious disgrace on the part of this country, its a serious mistake by past administrations that have refused to give the recognition that is due to Alhaji Lateef Jakande”.
Osoba added that Jakande should be given nothing lower than the national houour of Commander of this Federal Republic.