The First Executive Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead. Jakande passed on Thursday morning in Lagos at the age of 91,
Jakande passed on Thursday morning in Lagos at the age of 91, one of his sons, Deji, confirmed in a telephone chat with our correspondent a while ago.
He is a former journalist who became governor of Lagos State in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime (1993–98).
Jakande popularly called “Baba Kekere” left many indelible footprints as Governor of the state especially in the area of infrastructure development focusing largely on the provision of low cost houses for the people.
Several low cost estates were named after him.
His government constructed over 30,000 housing units.
The former Governor who celebrated his 91st birthday on June 23rd, 2020 within his four years in office established the Lagos State University.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, whl celebrated him at the time described Alhaji Jakande, as an elder statesman worth celebrating for his life of consistent commitment to public service.