Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Dr. Raphael James with Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande's Book

Watching and waiting to collect my special autographed copy of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande's Book "THE ACTION YEARS, Book 1 & 2", published in 1985, Alhaji Jakande was amazed to see the book with me, he noted that he doesnt even have a copy of the book again and commended CRIMMD LIBRARY for preserving copies. Alhaji Jakande in 1979, was elected executive governor of Lagos State on the Unity Party of Nigeria platform. 

As Governor, he lived in his own private house in Ilupeju area of Lagos, shunned official cars and protocol by living among the people, feeling and sharing their pains, and driving his own private car, a Toyota Laurel jalopy he bought several years before becoming Governor. He was an exceptional Governor of Lagos State and easily the best civilian Governor of his era in Nigeria. His administration introduced housing and educational programs targeting the poor, building new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools and providing free primary and secondary education. 

He established the Lagos State University (LASU); constructed over 20,000 housing units; started a metroline project to facilitate mass transit. The project was halted and his tenure as Governor ended when the military seized power on December 31, 1983. He later served as Minister of Works under the General Sani Abacha military regime, As Minister of Works and Housing, he launched a national housing program to provide affordable housing to all poor Nigerians across the nation, and in every state of the Federation. 

He was the first chairman of the Action Party of Nigeria (APN) when it was formed in November 2006. He had earlier worked as a journalist with the Daily Service; Nigerian Tribune. Appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune 1956 by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

 His editorials were factual and forthright, and were treated by the colonial powers with respect. He left the Tribune 1975 and established John West Publications, publishers of The Lagos News. Served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).

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