The Iponri Housing Estate Residential Association (IHERA) on Friday held a prayer session in honour of Late Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos State.
Mr Omotayo Ogunlade, the Chairman IHERA, said during the prayers that the former governor was a visionary man.
According to him, the ex-governor saw the future and created a well defined housing platform which was beneficial to majority of people within the state.
“He was a visionary man who saw the future and acted appropriately to the benefit of the masses.
“Jakande was a grassroots governor who made the housing estate affordable for the low income earners during his tenure,” he said.
Ogunlade urged the present politicians and public office holders to emulate the first civilian governor in providing infrastructure development for the masses.
Mr Kolawole Osho, former IHERA Chairman, said while giving his remarks that late Jakande did well for low income earners during his tenure as the state governor.
“That’s why we organised this type of prayer for him because he has done so well for the masses by providing homes for the low income earners during his time,”
Osho advised the present politicians to fulfil their campaign promises to the people so as to lay remarkable landmarks after their administrations.
“Some politicians nowadays make lots of promises during campaigns but by the time they get into the office most of them forget their promises.
“May God grant Jakande ‘Aljanah Fridau’,” he said.
Mrs Akin Taylor, a retired teacher who is also a resident, said that the former governor was a hero to many residents in Lagos State.
Taylor said that he was a man of sincerity and ideology, and the masses benefited massively from his ideas.
“He was a sincere man full of ideology, who many people gained a lot from in terms of infrastructure, education and transportation, among others.
“In the early 80s, many people were in doubt then that within four years a governor will build such infrastructure.
“But at the end of the day he fulfilled his targeted promises in all the sectors to the people during his four years tenure.
“He was transparent in allocating the houses to individuals without considering ethnic background or state of origin; that’s where sincerity came up during his administration.
“We pray that God Almighty grant him eternal rest,” she prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Iyaloja-General, Chief Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, had ordered all markets in Lagos closed to honour the late Jakande.
Tinubu-Ojo said the first civilian governor of Lagos State deserved more than that for his giant strides.
She said it was a mark of respect and solidarity in honour of the deceased.
“We are shutting down all markets on Friday to mourn our father.
“We all know he was the former governor of Lagos who dedicated his time to develop the state, and dedicating a day in his honour is a good thing,” she had said. (NAN)