- A very respectable politician of the old stock has been declared dead
- Alhaji Lateef Jakande, a former Lagos state governor has died at the age of 91
- His death was announced by the current Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
A former Lagos state governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande is dead.
This was announced on Twitter by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria, and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator, and the first civilian governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.”
Alhaji Jakande was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos state in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later was minister of works under the Late Sani Abacha military regime.
He is noted for introducing housing and educational programmes targeted at the poor, building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools and providing free primary and secondary education.
His government constructed over 30,000 housing units including low-cost estates in Amuwo-Odofin, Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry.
To fund some of the projects, Jakande increased the tenement rates and price of plots of land in affluent areas of Victoria Island and Lekki Peninsula and the processing fees for lottery, pools and gaming licenses.
He also completed the construction of the General Hospital in Gbagada and Ikorodu and built about 20 health centres within the state.
As a governor, he established 23 local government councils which were later disbanded by the military. He also started a metro line project to facilitate mass transit.
Meanwhile, the remains of the first indigenous military governor of Akwa Ibom state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd) was laid to rest on Saturday, February 6.
The funeral had in attendance Governor Udom Emmanuel and wife, Martha, the governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, representatives from the Nigerian Air Force, and other prominent Nigerians.
Recall that in an interview with Legit.ng, Mr Bassey James, founder of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic, said Nkanga was a man loved by many people in Akwa Ibom state.
According to him, the former military administrator was a good man who always wants the best for the people of the state.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. Jerrywright is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He spends his leisure-time reading Nigerian history books.