In celebrating life and times of the first civilian Governor of Lagos state, Lateef Jakande, who died on February 11, at the age of 91, the Lagos State government has held a day of tributes to honour the ex-governor. The event was held at the Onikan Stadium on Tuesday.
Dignitaries present at the event include the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Femi Hamzat and the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Folashade Jaji.
Lateef Jakande, fondly called ‘Baba Kekere,’ served as the governor of Lagos from October 1, 1979, to December 31, 1983.
He became governor under the platform of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.
Jakande made impacts in the areas of housing, education, health, and rural development.
Among his achievements is the development of low-cost housing estates in various parts of Lagos State.
He was responsible for the introduction of housing and educational programs, which focused on building new primary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood and ensuring free education at the primary and secondary school level.