Contemporary crop of leaders have valuable lessons to be drawn from personal life and leadership qualities of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Tuesday in a glowing tribute to his predecessor and first civilian governor of the State.
Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s legacy in leadership and governance remained a reference point in contemporary history, despite leaving government for more than three decades ago.
The Governor spoke on the occasion of 90th birthday of Jakande which was held at Havens Event Centre in GRA Ikeja.
The event, which was jointly organised by Lagos State Government and Jakande’s family drew high-profile dignitaries which included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, former Lagos state governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his successor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Ogun State Governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, Lagos Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, former Ogun State Governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, former Lagos Military Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, former Lagos Deputy Governor, Mr. Femi Pedro, and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among others.
Describing Jakande’s personal life as “selfless and exemplary”, Sanwo-Olu said the ex-governor’s achievements became the pathway for progressive governance in the country.
He said: “Lagos, under the Baba Jakande, became a pillar of support not only to neighbouring states, but also to faraway states, including Borno State, where he made landmark contribution. This goes to show that the progressive mind of Alhaji Jakande has been with him ever since.
“It’s something that all of us needs to copy. I wish today’s leaders could borrow from this example, which shows us how states can collaborate for greater development and opportunities. Alhaji Jakande did it 40 years ago as Governor of Lagos State and scored several firsts.”
Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s name had become a national symbol synonymous with development and progressive politics. Despite his towering achievements in office, Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s simple life stood him out as “fine politician and selfless leader”.
He said: “Jakande is a national name that is synonymous with development, either in provision of potable water, quality education and housing.”
To honour the former governor, Sanwo-Olu announced that the state government will be naming its 496-flat Igando Garden Estate after Alhaji Jakande.
Asiwaju Tinubu described Jakande as a “foremost progressive in Africa”, saying his loyalty to the cause of progressive politics and his leader, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, earned him “unmatched respect”.
Tinubu said: “Papa Jakande had many firsts at a time it was extremely difficult to govern. One of the key qualities of Alhaji Jakande is his unshakable, non-negotiable loyalty to his leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo go blessed memory.”
The APC National Leader said archive of Jakande’s achievements became the guidance for governors after him when confronted with challenges of service delivery in critical sectors, stressing that the success of progressive politics in Lagos was the best birthday gift to Jakande.
Tinubu said: “Ideologically, Alhaji Jakande has never departed from the progressive path. One record we must accept here, which is the best gift to Alhaji Jakande is that, progressive governance has never failed in Lagos.”
Prof. Osinbajo felicitated with the former Lagos governor, thanking God for sparing his life.
Chairman of the occasion, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, declared Jakande as an accomplished Nigerian by all standards, saying he was already a global brand as a journalist and editor before he delved into public service.
“Our celebrant does not have a deserved national honour when people of lesser contributions strut around the country with national honours. It is my recommendation that Baba Jakande be given decorated with nothing lesser than the Commander of the Federal Republic,” Osoba said.
SPECIAL STATUS FOR LAGOS, BEST WAY TO HONOUR MOBOLAJI JOHNSON….SANWO-OLU
…Senate Commiserates With Lagos Government On The Death Of Former Military Administrator
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged contemporary leaders to draw inspiration from the legacies bequeathed by the late first military Governor of the State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (rtd).
Sanwo-Olu extolled the leadership qualities of the late Johnson, saying the deceased, in addition to being a military officer, was a thinker who initiated ideas that set Lagos on the path of development after the State was created in 1967.
The Governor spoke at the weekend in the State House in Marina while receiving a delegation sent by the Senate to formally condole Lagos Government and the late Johnson’s family on his death.
The eight-member delegation led by the Deputy Chief Whip, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi, was constituted by President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, following a motion moved by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central, informing the Upper Legislative Chamber of the death of the Lagos’ first military administrator.
Sanwo-Olu, who received the Senate delegation in company of his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said the late Johnson’s death was “a big loss” to Lagos and the nation, but said the State was not in a state of mourning because of the valuable legacy left behind by the deceased.
He said: “The late Brigadier Johnson was a Nigerian par excellence and a fine administrator. He created the foundation of what we now call developed Lagos. His footprints and legacy in leadership of over 50 years ago are still visible and they remain a valuable deposit of inspiration for contemporary leaders.
“We believe his death is a big loss to Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general. His death is a call for us to remember that we must use whatever position we are for the benefit of mankind.
“On behalf of the people of Lagos, I thank the President of the Ninth Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for finding it appropriate to commiserate with the late Johnson’s family and the Government of Lagos. More importantly, we appreciate the honour accorded on the deceased in the Senate.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the late Johnson had a great vision for Lagos as the first Nigerian to govern the State, emphasising that his dreams would be fully realised if the Federal Government created a “Special Status” for the State. This, the Governor said, would enable the State adequately address its challenges as the nation’s former capital city and commercial nerve-centre.
The Governor urged the Senate to activate a legislative instrument that would lead to the recognition of a Special Status for Lagos, noting that this would be the best honour for people that had governed the State, including the late Johnson.
Senator Abdullahi said members of the Senate paid glowing tributes to the late Johnson when the motion was discussed in the chamber.
He described former military administrator as an “illustrious son of Nigeria”, noting that the late Johnson left a legacy of selflessness in leadership and service. He said the deceased’s contribution to the nation’s development would continue to be guiding light for future generations.
The delegation agreed with the Governor that Lagos deserved a Special Status going by the upsurge in population that put pressure on the State’s infrastructure. Sen. Abdullahi promised that the delegation would brief the Senate on the Governor’s request, adding that the debate would be thrown open to the entire members of the Red Chamber.
Other members of the delegation are Senator Tinubu, Sen. George Sekibo, Sen. Benjamin Nwajumogu, Sen. Hassan Hadeja, Sen. Solomon Adeola, Sen. Bulbs Amos, and Sen. Bayo Osinowo.
WE’LL STRENGTHEN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN LAGOS….SANWO-OLU
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured the business community that the State Government has concluded plans to improve infrastructure around industrial zones communities in the state.
The Governor said all necessary amenities that can enhance the growth of businesses in the State will be put in place.
He made this declaration on Monday at the Lagos House in Alausa during a courtesy visit by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, George Steiner and Board Members of the Swiss-Nigeria Business Council.
Sanwo-olu asserted that his government will build up the relationship between the State and Swiss companies stating that he hopes to make the State a lasting destination for Swiss businesses.
According to him: “I believe your trip will further reinforce and will signpost to other companies that we are ready and we can collaborate for good. And one of the things that we are doing is to make business environment in Lagos accessible. Something we’re continuously talking about is that we can make doing business here a whole lot better.
“We are building transportation, building infrastructure and reinforcing our security agencies to ensure that Lagos is secure for all of us.
The Governor added: “We want to reassure you that our government looks forward to opportunities that will foster our relationship with Swiss companies. We want to see how we can grow the number of Swiss companies in Lagos and make Lagos a destination of choice for them.”
The Governor urged the Ambassador to take back the message that “Lagos is ready” to Switzerland.
Steiner who spoke earlier thanked Sanwo-Olu for committing time and effort to make the business environment of Lagos firm and inviting to foreign and local business owners.
He emphasised on the importance of Lagos market to Switzerland and further stressed that they are making effort to expand their presence for the benefit of Lagosians.
According to Steiner: “I believe we have an excellent relationship with this country, Lagos, most of all. We will like to create wealth for the benefit of Swiss Companies and of course, benefit of a Greater Lagos noting Lagos especially is an important market for us.
“In view of strengthening our presence, we set up a Swiss-Nigeria Business Council in 2017. My visit to Mr. Governor is a strong sign to determine to do more for Swiss Companies and most importantly, Lagos.”
Also present for the visit are; the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Consul-General of Switzerland and some members of the Executive Council of Lagos State.
Ecowas backs sacked G.Bissau PM
West African leaders on Sunday reiterated their backing for Guinea-Bissaus Aristide Gomes, sacked as prime minister by the countrys interim president three weeks ahead of a presidential election.
A delegation of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) denounced as illegal President Jose Mario Vazs sacking last week of Gomes and his internationally backed government.
Vaz had no authority to dismiss the administration or appoint a replacement government because his five-year mandate as president had expired in June, said the Ecowas statement.
At a June 29 meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, Ecowas had agreed that Vaz could stay on until the presidential election due November 24, but leave the government to run the country.
Jean-Claude Brou, president of the Ecowas Commission, warned that anyone who tried to prevent the holding of the election this month faced the possibility of sanctions.
Gomes has already described Vazs sacking of him and his cabinet as a coup paving the way for him to stop preparations for the presidential poll.
“My government is the only legitimate one recognised by the international community,” said Gomes after meeting the Ecowas delegation in Bissau.
“I am continuing my work, which is to organise the elections at the scheduled date,” he continued, adding: “If the president sets fire to the house, he risks being left without a roof.”
The Ecowas delegation that visited Guinea-Bissau Sunday also met with Vaz, foreign diplomats in the capital, lawmakers and members of the electoral commission, an AFP journalist reported.
But they did not meet the prime minister Vaz appointed to replace Gomes, Faustino Imbali.
The UN Security Council on Friday called for the authorities to respect the date set for the holding of the presidential election and rejected Vazs appointment of the new government.
Vaz has already said the election will go ahead, with a second round if necessary being held on December 29.
Vaz, 62, is one of the 12 candidates running for the presidency.
Another former prime minister, Domingos Simoes Pereira, who heads the African Party of the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), is running against him.
PAIGC won a parliamentary majority in the March 10 legislative election.
Vaz has governed since 2014 in Guinea Bissau, which is stricken by poverty, corruption and drug trafficking.
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