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Jakande, Awoist dies at 91: 14 Things You Don’t Know About Him

11 February, 2021

The former Executive Governor of Lagos State Alhaji Lateef Jakande bowed to the cold hands of death today, 11th February 2021. He was the last Awoist standing until his death. PATH reveals some things the younger generation might not know about this late icon.

1 He was born in Epetedo Area of Lagos State on 29 July 1929

  1. His parents were from Omu Aran in Kwara State
  2. He served as the governor of Lagos State between 1979-1983
  3. He was Minister of Works under Sani Abacha military junta between 1993-1998
  4. He was a journalist and become editor of The Quarterly Mirror, a publication of Ilesha Grammar School in 1945
  5. He began career in journalism in 1949 with the Daily Service and later join Tribune
  6. He left Tribune in 1975 to established John West Publications and started publishing The Lagos News
  7. He served as the first president of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN)
  8. He ran for governorship election of Lagos State in 1979 under UPN
  9. He established Lagos State University

11 He constructed over 30, 000 Housing units which is popularly referred to as Jakande Estate today

  1. As a governor, he established 23 local government councils which were later disbanded by the military
  2. He also started a metroline project to facilitate mass transit.The project was halted and his tenure as Governor ended when the military seized power on 31 December 1983
  3. After the military take-over in 1983, Jakande was charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason, although later he was pardoned.

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