A group of Lagos Prominent indigenes has implored Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to name Lagos State University (LASU) after the first civilian governor, late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande for his meritorious services to the state.
This request was contained in a press statement issued by their spokesman, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri in Lagos at the weekend.
“The Late Jakande founded and established the pioneer university and nurtured it to maturity. ”Other state universities in the country named after their pioneer founders included Ambrose Alli University in Edo State, Adekunle Ajasin University in Ado Ekiti and Olabisi Onabanjo in Ogun State,” the lndigenes reminded Governor Sanwoolu.
According to the Lagos lndigenes, Alhaji Jakande deserved such honour as his works in the state were yet to be surpassed.
“He had done more than any governor dead or living. His legacies included the Lagos Epe- Expressway, Lagos- Badagry Expressway and the Banana Estate, lkoyi amongst others.
“The scripting of governance in Lagos State cannot be chronicled without Jakande as one of the chief-protagonists and, we dare say, inadequately sung heros of our nation,” the group stated.
The group pointed out that an elegy was not befitting to capture the life of such a man as Alhaji Jakande, rather an eulogy would do.
“Alhaji Lateef Jakande made way to history books by sheer completeness in biography, excelling personally, professionally and politically.
“A simple, unassuming, small-statured man with an ‘iroko’ personality, LKJ during his lifetime, stood tall as a role model to many, whether old or young, political or apolitical, Muslim or Christian, Southerner, Westerner or Northerner.
SOURCE: The Nation