Fashola, Osoba, Ikuforiji celebrate Jakande at 85
It was a glorious day for the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, when Governor Babatunde Fashola, former Ogun State Governor Segun Osoba and associates converged on Darlington Hall, Ilupeju, Lagos to celebrate his birthday. He turned 85 yesterday.
At the occasion, a book titled: “Jakande: Fountain of Excellence” was presented. The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council sponsored the publication.
Aremo Osoba described Jakande as a legend of journalism. He said Jakande was co-founder of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), co-founder and first President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and co-founder and twice President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN),
The former governor also lauded Jakande’s leadership quality when he abolished in one fell swoop the shift system in Lagos public schools on assumption of office as governor in 1979.
Lagos State Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji described Jakande as an enigma, a colossus and a giant among men.
Ikuforiji said no administration had surpassed what Jakande’s achieved in four years and three months as governor. He said it was the Jakande administration that built Lagos- Epe Road, Iba-LASU Road and Egbe-Idimu Road.
He said: “He tarred more roads in Epe where I come from more than any governments after him. He built affordable houses all over the state that are today referred to as Jakande Estates. Old men like Baba Jakande that served selflessly are not being respected because they are out of power; that is why we are in trouble today.”
Ikuforiji, who was the book presenter, urged every Nigerian to get a copy.
The book reviewer, Mr Gbile Oshadipe, a lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), described the subject as a role model, a great administrator and the champion of the people.
Oshadipe said Jakande would be remembered for his laudable achievements in education and 16 housing estates known as Jakande estates he built across the state during his tenure as Governor of Lagos state.
He is a humanist, trainer of journalists, global activist in journalism profession, consistent and transparent in his dealings. He remains the hero of our time, he added
Lagos NUJ Chairman Deji Elumoye said Jakande’s biography is one in the series the council plans to write.
NUJ National President Mallam Garba Mohammed noted that Jakande was a gifted writer whose factual editorials were respected in the days of colonial regime.
Dignitaries at the event are Fashola, who was represented by Commissioner For Information Lateef Ibirogba, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, represented by the Information Commissioner Yusuph Olaniyonu, the celebrant’s wife, Abimbola, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Regional Integration Rev Tunji Adebiyi and a former member of the House of Representatives, Chief Adekunle Ali.