A group under the auspices of Isale Eko Descendants Union on Tuesday lauded the virtues and contributions of late former governor of Lagos, Lateef Kayode Jakande, to the state and the country at large.
The union in a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Yomi Tokosi and made available to The Nation, paid glowing tributes to the late elder statesman.
The statement reads, “We wish to pay tribute to the late great former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, who departed to the great beyond on Thursday, 11th February, 2021, at the ripe age of 91.
“Baba Kekere or LKJ, as he was fondly and popularly known, was an upright, patriotic and accomplished journalist and public servant. An illustrious Son of Lagos. He was born on 23rd July, 1929, in Lagos Island to the Oluwo Jakande Chieftaincy Family. He started his formal education at the Lagos Public School at Enu Owa, Isale Eko, Lagos. Then Burnham Memorial Methodist School, Port Harcourt (1934-43), King’s College, Lagos in 1943 and later Ilesha Grammar School.
“LKJ began his career in journalism in 1949 at Daily Service and joined Tribune in 1954. He became the editor in Chief in 1956. He left Tribune in 1975 to establish John West Publications and published The Lagos News. He served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and worked tirelessly in the last 50years with others to see to the growth, development and general wellbeing of the people.
“He was one of the founding fathers of Lagos State and the State’s most successful governor.”
Quoting verbatim the achievements and milestones as proclaimed by the late sage, the statement added “I am eternally grateful to my Creator that He used me in these periods to bring joy, relief, even prosperity, to millions of my fellow men through the abolition of the shift system of education, the provision of free education at all levels with free books, the creation of Lagos State University.
“The establishment of 13 low-cost housing estates, the construction of Lekki Express Road, Osborne Road Estate, the free supply of drugs and medical treatment, the establishment of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the Nigerian Press Organisation, the organization of a World Press Freedom Committee, being the 1st and only African President OG the International Press Institute, the Presidency of the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigerian, the establishment of Lagos Television, the launching of an unprecedented Housing Programme with 38,000 houses under construction in 14months, the Lagos metroline project, the discovery of Banana Island, the building of the Nigerian Tribune, plus efficient, selfless and uncorrupted administration in each sphere of activity…”
The group described LKJ as a man of deep conviction, simple and selfless to the end
“We thank Late Governor Jakande for his contribution to the development of Lagos State and pray that God comforts his family, forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal peace,” it added.