Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has joined eminent Nigerians to commiserate with the Lagos state government and the Jakande family on the passing of the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.
In a tribute he personally signed, Mimiko described the late elder statesman as “a successful journalist who combined journalism with elective politics, Baba Jakande bestrode the politics of his times with focus and clarity, social democratic conviction and a pro masses disposition.”
The former Ondo Governor said late Jakande’s exemplary leadership style and pro-masses approach to governance are a reference point in African politics.
“One is reminded at his death of his remarkable feats as a governor of Lagos State such as the development of low-cost housing estates in various parts of the State, his focus on building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools and concerted effort to make education and health free and accessible to the commoners among many other pro-people initiatives.
“I join all well meaning Nigerians in commiserating with the Jakande family, the people and Government of Lagos State and indeed all lovers of good governance on the passage of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, first civilian governor of Lagos State, patriot, social democrat and a lover of the masses.”
“One is sure that his place in the history of this land is assured and enjoin the family and associates to be consoled by this inimitable fact.” Mimiko said.