Ijaw group advises Fashola to name LASU after Jakande

2009-09-10
Guardian News

CO-ORDINATOR of the Ijaw Monitoring Group (IMG), Comrade Joseph Evah has advised Governor Babatunde Fashola to name the Lagos State University (LASU) after Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, a respected politician, who governed Lagos State between 1979 and 1983.

According to a statement by the group, the advice was given when its members conferred Jakande with an award at his residence recently, to mark his 80th birthday. Showering accolades on the politician, Evah declared, "if we have one Jakande in the Niger Delta region, the whole area will change for good. That we have no person like Jakande in our area is the reason why we are living like animals."

Evah also launched the book: Jakande, His Story, His History, written by Tunde Fanimokun, with the sum of N100, 000. Copies of the book, he pledged, would be taken to the respective libraries of Universities in the Niger Delta region.

Jakande declared Free Education in Lagos State in 1979, shortly after he was elected under the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). The party, led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, maintained the Free Education policy in its five controlled states: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, and the old Bendel (now Edo and Delta) states.

Besides, Jakande is also credited with having enabled many Lagosians to own their homes, when he built several low - cost estates across the state during his tenure.

 

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