First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, was on Tuesday conferred with honorary award of coveted fellowship by Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Jakande received the fellowship at the Joint Convocation of the institution.
Conferring the award, the Provost of AOCOED, Mrs Aina Ladele, said Jakande was honoured for his contributions to providing quality education for the state and his effort at moving the college to its present location.
She lauded Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for increasing the college’s monthly subvention by 60 per cent since 2016, saying that the increase enabled the institution to pay staff salaries regularly and also cleared accrued pension deductions.
According to her, the college recently got full accreditation of its 31 programmes, trained over 400 staff through Advanced Digits Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institution (ADAPTI) .
“Sixty-two academic staff hold doctorate degrees in different fields currently, the college has been ranked the best college of Education in Nigeria and 55th among 233 tertiary institutions across the Federation.
“The introduction of online payment and registration has reduced financial leakages, a number of TETFUND projects has been completed and now in use while the Department of Chemistry now produces and supplies the toiletries used in the college,” she said.
Ladele, however, urged the state government to assist in tarring the bad roads and open up the inaccessible parts of the college.
She also requested for the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for the land allocated to the college by the government in Oto-Awori since 2009 for accessibility to more land for infrastructural development.
“While we thank you for the approval of the 65 years retirement age for our staff, we seek your kind intervention and appeal for further increase in our subvention in order to pay some accrued staff allowances,” she said.
In his address, Gov. Ambode, represented by Mr Suarau Oluwatoyin, Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, congratulated Jakande and other distinguished personalities who received awards from the college.
“I understand that it is exceptional to be fellowship, diamond or alumni of AOCOED because of the stringent criteria for the selection.
“This undoubtedly speaks volumes about the credentials of the individuals for the honour. They are entering a hall of fame which is accessible to only a few and indeed the best in the society,“ he said.
Ambode also congratulated the graduands for scaling through the hurdles and crucibles of academic records to emerge triumphant and urged them to strive in all circumstances to retain and develop the scholastic attribute planted in them from the college.
He, however, noted that his administration was committed to prompt release of subvention, infrastructure improvement, teacher quality, improvement in quality assessment and other welfare packages for staff, among others.
Mr Tunde Samuel, Chairman, AOCOED Governing Council, said the college was due for upgrade to university status following its growth in terms of more quality students turn out, increased qualified human resources and infrastructural development over the years.
Samuel lauded the governor for his commitment to quality tertiary education services in the state.
“The uniformity in the tenure of the governing council members of all tertiary education institutions in the state is an equitable practice of driving improved institutional performance,” he said.
Receiving the award, Jakande said he was readily available for anyone who needed his services and advice.
He said it was his duty to still render services as an elder statesman and he was willing and pleased to do so.
“I am grateful to the college management for this award and I assure you that I would continue to support the course for quality education.
“I am also readily available for everyone who needs my services for it is my duty to do so, it my pleasure, please come anytime,” he said.
Other award recipients were Sen. Olamilekan Solomon, representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Alhaji Fatai Shokunbi, Chief Executive Officer, Fams Embassy Hotel, Badagry, Mr Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, Chairman, Committee on Education, Lagos State House of Assembly and Prof. Clement Fasan, Lagos State University (LASU).
Sanwo-Olu inaugurates 492-unit Jakande Estate, to replace Egan wooden bridge
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos on Wednesday pledged the state government’s commitment to constructing a permanent bridge to replace the Egan wooden bridge in Igando, Alimosho LGA.
Sanwo-Olu also promised that the state Ministry of the Environment would tackle overflow of dumpsites in Igando, which caused gridlock.
The governor made the promise while inaugurating the Igando Gardens Estate, a 492-unit estate renamed after Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian Governor of Lagos State.
The event was part of activities to mark the governor’s 100 days in office.
The governor hailed the lawmaker representing Alimosho in the state Assembly, Mr Kehinde Joseph, for informing him of the infrastructure needs of the community.
Joseph had informed the governor of the suffering of the community members, who use Egan wooden link bridge.
He also told the governor that dumpsites and lack of access roads caused gridlock in Alimosho.
The governor said that the state government would construct the bridge to open up Igando and improve access to other parts of the state.
Sanwo-Olu said: “We shall in the very near future go back to site and see how we are going to push that construction to alleviate the suffering of the people of this area.
“I know that if we are able to do the bridge, we are going to be connecting several communities together, and people will have access from all parts of Igando, Alimosho to other parts of the state, ” he said.
The governor directed the state commissioner for the environment to tackle overflow of dumpsites compounding traffic on the axis.
On the estate being inaugurated, the governor said that he visited the construction site three times to ensure speedy completion.
Sanwo-Olu hailed Jakande’s infrastructure drive which, he said, set a blueprint for development and bridged a huge housing gap.
‘’The challenge of housing deficiency in Lagos is real. There is a compelling need for us to develop and adopt a housing delivery model that takes into account our population and limited space.’’
He said that the state government was exploring innovative alternative sources of funding for mass housing delivery, and called on private investors to buy into the initiative.
He listed various existing funding arrangements for mass housing and promised that the state government would be persistent in its drive for planning and delivery of decent houses.
“We want Lagosians to be assured that, in the delivery of these houses, we shall be consistent.
“We shall embrace rigorous planning and financial discipline in ensuring that ongoing housing projects located in various parts of the state are delivered on schedule.
“Our expectation is that within the next six months, over 1,248 homes shall be delivered in different parts of the state’’ Sanwo-Olu said.
The state Commissioner for Housing, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said that shelter was a basic need and home ownership an achievement in our clime.
He commended the Sanwo-Olu administration for inaugurating the mixed development estate, comprising 41 blocks of one, two and three bedroom apartments of 492 home units.
He called on private investors to key into the housing sector which, he said, had the potential to create jobs, and businesses in the construction value chain.
Edited by Olabisi Akinbode/Ijeoma Popoola
Lagos: Foundation builds Kids Park in Jakande Estate to help in curbing crime
In a move to contribute to crime reduction in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo in Lagos State, Mr Adedeji Adebanwo, has built a Kids Park and recreation centre through his Ade Sparco Charity Foundation.
Adebanwo, a.k.a. Ade Sparco, told the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos that he single handedly built Ade Sparco Kids Park with the intention of making the estate great again.
He said that whenever he came into the estate from the U.K., he saw that youths usually foment a lot of trouble and engage in different types of crime.
The U.K.-based philanthropist said that he decided “to erect a recreation centre where kids can have fun to make them be closer to their parents instead of leaving the estate’s main field to engage in different types of vices”.
Adebanwo said that as at now, people were seeing the field in a different light and they had responded to the park with great enthusiasm.
He said that he had 16 volunteers that were working with him on the park and more were willing to join him.
He therefore, appealed to the volunteers not to collect a dime from the kids coming to the park to have fun.
Adebanwo also appealed to the youth to desist from vices on the park because it was one of the best in the neighborhood.
He advised the youth to stop engaging in crime and don’t scare people away but make the park enjoyable to the fullest.
Adebanwo also used the opportunity to thank all the volunteers and urged them not to rest on their oars in working with Ade Sparco Charity Foundation.
Jakande at 90: Osinbajo, Tinubu, others pour encomiums
“Ideologically, he has never departed from the progressive path always,” Tinubu said.
90th Birthday: Lagos Assembly applauds Jakande’s selfless service, achievements
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday lauded Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first Civilian Governor of the state for his selfless service and great achievements as he clocks 90.
The Majority Leader of the House, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, raised the matter during plenary and the lawmakers took turns to pour encomiums on the nonagenarian.
The lawmakers said that Jakande, who ruled the state between 1979 and 1983, had affected lives of many people, including some of them through his landmarks in education.
Mr Setonji David (APC-Badagry II) described Jakande as a great mentor, a great leader with numerous achievements.
David noted that it would be difficult to find a state governor that would match Jakande’s performance in four years in education, housing, public works and social amenities.
Mr Yinka Ogundimu (APC-Agege II) described Jakande as a man of vision and direction who laid foundation for a greater Lagos.
Mr Tunde Braimoh (APC-Kosofe II) said: “Jakande stands tall among his peers, though many of them had passed away’’.
According to him, Jakande remains a reference point of selfless service and administration and a contented politician.
Other lawmakers took turns to hail Jakande’s impactful achievements.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa said: “We thank God for giving us Alhaji Lateef Jakande in Lagos State.
“He gave us hope, education, exposure and civilisation.
Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to send a congratulatory letter to Jakande.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Jakande is 90 years on July 23.
NUJ greets Jakande on 90th birthday
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Chapter, on Tuesday congratulated Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first Executive Governor of Lagos State on his 90th birthday.
The union, in a statement signed by its chairman Dr Qasim Akinreti and the Secretary, Mr Alfred Odifa, described the nonagenarian as a legend, visionary and selfless politician.
“The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) heartily congratulates Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande on his 90th birthday.
“Unlike many politicians who amassed stupendous wealth and resources after serving in many capacities and acquiring mansions and flashy cars, the nonagenarian lives a modest life in retirement.
“The nonagenarian is a model journalist, politician and administrator par excellence who remains a reference point of governance in Lagos and Nigeria in general.
“The union prays for long life for “Baba Kekere” as he is fondly called,’’ the union said.
Buhari greets Ex-Lagos State Governor, Lateef Jakande at 90
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with a former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, who turns 90 on Tuesday.
Buhari cited programmes, such as free education and low cost housing with many beneficiaries, as some of the legacies of Jakande.
He particularly extolled Jakande for his liberal and progressive policies in education and health, which culminated in the establishment of Lagos State University and General Hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu, and health centres that catered for the poor and underprivileged.
The president also saluted the former governor’s patriotism, foresight, wisdom and counsels, believing that he etched his name in gold for posterity by making the most out of every opportunity, and should be studied and emulated by upcoming leaders.
He prayed that the Almighty God to grant the elder statesman good health and strength to keep inspiring young leaders and serving humanity.
Edited by Chukwudi Ekezie
LASU celebrates Jakande at 90, names campus road after him
The Lagos State University (LASU),Ojo, on Monday celebrated the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, on his 90th birthday, naming the longest road on the campus after him.
This gesture took place at a day colloquium in honour of the elder statesman, which was organised by the Faculty of Arts, LASU.
Prof. Hakeem Danmole of the Department of History, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, who delivered the anniversary lecture, entitled: “LKJ: A Phenom of Administration in Lagos State”, said that Jakande spent his life serving Lagos State and Nigeria.
Danmole said that Jakande’s vision was ahead of many others.
According to him, the landmark achievements of the Jakande-led administration has yet to be equal to any administration.
“Jakande is an administrator and an innovator per excellence, a state builder and a forthright politician,” Danmole said.
On his parts, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Vice-Chancellor, LASU described Jakande as the pillar of the institution.
Fagbohun said that in recognition of the Second Republic Governor, the Governing Council of the university approved naming of the longest road in the Ojo Campus as “Dr Lateef Kayode Jakande Road”.
He said the name of the former governor would continue to resonate in the annals of the institution, saying “he is truly a man who made the difference in public service.
“The act of Papa Jakande, close to four decades ago, was just one of his many achievements, which positively impacted the fortunes of so many.
“Papa, you had a clear focus, which among others, is to find solution to the then prevalent narrative that the indigenous population of Lagos are backward.
“From just three Faculties: Education Science, Law and Humanities, 55 academic staff, 37 Administrative and Technical staff and students enrolment of 375 undergraduates, the university has metamorphosed into three major campuses.
“Namely: Ojo, Ikeja and Epe, comprising of seven Faculties: Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Management Sciences, Sciences and Social Sciences.
“The list also include four Schools, including Communication, Transport, Agriculture and School of Postgraduate Studies, College of Medicine and several academic centres.
“Our academic staff population is close to 800, while the non-academic staff population is close to 2000, with an overall students population standing close to 25,000,” he said.
Fagbohun congratulated Jakande for living a rewarding 90 years of existence for humanity and revering as a shining example of what public service represents.
In his address, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo, Chairman, Governing Council, LASU described Jakande as an embodiment of noble value, whose household name need no further introduction.
Ninalowo, represented by Sanni Ajose, a member of the university’s governing council, said that the former governor came to governance with a clear vision and an ambitious working developmental plan for the state .
He urged all and sundry to emulate the good value of Jakande and use resources to impact positively to the society.
One of Jakande’s close allies, Adekunle Alli, said that the former governor taught everyone who passed through him, total integrity, not just in his private life, but also in public.
“We are not so wealthy today, but we retain our integrity, and on behalf of all of us, we thank you for the vision and realisation of your dream that came to pass in your lifetime,” he said.
In his remarks, Prof. Harrison Adeniyi, Dean, Faculty of Arts, LASU, congratulated the former civilian governor, promising that the faculty would be organising the lecture annually in honour of the elder statesman.
Ojikutu felicitates with Jakande at 90
Ojikutu felicitates with Jakande at 90
A former deputy-governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojukutu, on Monday congratulated a former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, on his birthday.
Ojikutu, who was deputy governor between 1992 and 1993, gave the congratulatory message in a statement she issued in Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Jakande, who was the first civilian governor of the state, turns 90 on Tuesday.
Ojikutu said she was proud to rejoice with the former governor on his birthday, as he was a man who had touched many lives.
She described Jakande as a political icon who had demonstrated exemplary leadership and genuine commitment to the welfare of the people.
Ojikutu, who was deputy to a late former governor, Sir Michael Otedola, said despite having left office about 36 years ago, Jakande’s housing projects, schools and others were still everywhere.
She added that she was proud to be part of Jakande’s success team between 1979 and 1983, alongside other notable individuals.
Ojikutu described Jakande’s political model as highly impactful and urged young and aspiring politicians across the country to emulate him.
“He has left an indelible record of what public service devoid of corruption should be.
“Alhaji Jakande is a pace-setter yet to be beaten or surpassed in his many contributions to Lagos State.
“LKJ, as he is fondly called, founded Lagos State University(LASU), and I think we should not wait until his death to name the institution after him.
“As you join the nonagenarians club, I pray Allah will continue to be with you and your family,’’ she said.
(Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)
Jakande expresses satisfaction over election conduct
Seyi Jakande, a son of a former governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, on Saturday said the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections would be credible and successful if the peaceful conduct witnessed in Lagos State was maintained nationally.
Jakande, also Vice-Chairman, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) at Ward L in Ilupeju Estate, Mushin said that the election in Lagos State had so far been peaceful and commendable.
“It has been a credible election day so far and there is no cause for alarm as we have clearly witnessed orderliness since the elections started in the morning.
“We had issues with some of the card readers which could not acknowledge the names of the voters but I guess it was cases of fluctuations in service of the card readers,’’ he said.
Jakande said the adoption of the card reader had added credibility to the nation’s election process.
He noted that in terms security, no violence had been recorded, as Lagos state has been known over the years to be a peaceful state.
The vice-chairman, however, said he was hopeful that the last voter on the queue would be allowed to vote, if need be, by extending the voting time beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline by INEC.
Bayo Osiyemi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, also expressed satisfaction with the electoral process, describing the exercise as hitch-free.
Osiyemi, who is also Director of Traditional Affairs in the Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Independent Campaign Group (ICG), said except for a slight delay caused by some of the card readers, other processes of the exercise were successful.
He said that from his observations, the voters at the centre turned out massively and exhibited high spirits.
“I am personally happy with the level of how things so far; I give credit for the voters who turned out in their numbers and conducted themselves peacefully.
“The card reader had given little hiccups when some people were unable cast their votes but that was well handled and everything went perfectly well,’’ Osiyemi said.
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- S. Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 35,000
- Philippine gov’t debt shoot to new high in April 2020
- AfDB President visits Aso Villa, meets Buhari