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Lagos chapter of APC mourns Jakande

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The Lagos State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has mourned elder statesman and first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande who died on Thursday.

Seye Oladejo, the state APC Publicity Secretary said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday.

“His passage at this time is a colossal loss not only to the progressive family but also the entire state and our nation in general.

“His landmark achievements as an astute administrator in the governance of Lagos State in the areas of education, housing, health-care and social infrastructure remain enduring legacies in his memory.

“His demise at this trying time in the history of our nation when his rich experience would’ve been handy to resolve our national challenges is regrettable.

“We pray that Almighty Allah will forgive his short-comings, grant him eternal rest and the entire family, immediate and political, the fortitude to bear the great loss,” Oladejo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jakande died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 91.

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Jakande, a former journalist was Lagos State Governor from 1979 to 1983, and later served as Minister of Works under the military government of Gen. Sani Abacha.

His administration as Lagos State Governor left a legacy of massive infrastructure development during his four-year stint especially through numerous Jakande Estates built across the state as well as his sterling investment in education.

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