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Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu pays tribute to late ex governor Lateef Jakande

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Jakande would remain one of the best public office holders in his tenure as governor and minister of works and housing.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Jakande would remain one of the best public office holders in the political history of Nigeria, based on how he transformed Lagos State and Nigeria during his tenure as governor and minister of works and housing. He described the former minister as an epitome of honesty, dedication and selflessness, who used his elevated positions for the betterment of the people he served. He said the late Alhaji Jakande was one of the few Lagosians and Nigerian leaders that demystified politics by bringing governance closer to the people. He said Jakande left with impeccable records in Lagos State and that is why he remains till date, a reference point for governors in Lagos and other parts of the country.

Chairman, NUJ, Lagos Chapter, Leye Ajayi, described him as a publisher per excellence, a nationalist, and the last of the Titans. He revealed that to honour Alhaji Jakande, the NUJ Light House in Victoria Island, which Jakande built for the union in 1982 would be renamed “Lateef Jakande House.”

Executive Director, International Press Centre and former Chairman, Lagos State Council of NUJ, Lanre Arogundade, said the late Jakande was peerless. “Thank you Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande for being a pillar of the contribution of the Nigerian Press to Nigeria’s development.

The Director, Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS), Prof. Anthony Kila, described the death of Jakande as the passing away of an icon of our time. Kila said Jakande was someone who excelled personally, professionally and politically.

For NADECO chief, Ayo Opadokun, Jakande was a gift to humanity. “You were a distinguished professional of the highest pedigree. You saved the progression and created NPAN, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), among others. You were among the first Nigerians to be a global board member of international press Institute,” he said.

ALL Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State chapter, in a statement through its spokesman, Mr. Seye Oladejo, described the passage as colossal loss, not only to the state but to the nation as a whole.

President, Women Arise & Centre for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, advised present-day public servants and political leaders to emulate the ideals and beliefs of Jakande. In a statement, Okei-Odumakin described Jakande’s legacy and achievements as legendary, spanning education, housing, transportation and other areas of human endeavours

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