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Why Eti-Osa Will Always Remain Indebted To Alhaji Lateef Jakande (INTERESTING PIECE)

L-R: Incumbent Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode in a warm 
handshake with Alhaji Lateef Jakande, 1st executive governor of the State 
during a courtesy visit to home of the latter
This is a
follow-up to the previous interview I had with Hon. Yahya Adeniyi Dosunmu. A
former house of representative member whose impact in Lagos politics has left
indelible prints in Eti Osa, the constituency he once represented. 
In this
article, the revered statesman explained the struggle they went through before
the Alhaji Kayode Jakande administration (fondly called ‘Action Governor’)
eventually cast away the burden of Eti Osa people and blessed them with a dual
carriage road.
“When God wants to use you, he will
always create a way. I have never regretted since then. When people say
politicians are dirty, I used to tell them it wasn’t the kind of politics we
played. At least, we thank God that our efforts after getting into office
wasn’t in vain. We succeeded in turning this place (Eti-Osa) into a
cosmopolitan area.
“Seriously, I wish you know this
place from 1977 to 1980. It was more of a jungle area. In fact, at one point, I
started wearing rain boot to the Lagos State House of Assembly. The speaker then
would warn against defiling the chamber. Sometimes, the sergeant-at-arm would
be placed on alert to stop me from coming into the House with the boots. It was
apparent that my picture would adorn the pages of newspapers whether it was
Punch or Concord with screaming headlines like “Speaker Bars Hon Dosunmu From
Entering Chamber Over Rainboot!”
the very next day.
“Whether controversial or not, that was
where my popularity started – protesting against my own government over roads.
The motion I moved in the House must be more than 10. There was a day I was
invited through an official letter to appear before Governor Jakande at the
oval house. He was the one who informed me that as a member of the technical
committee, he deemed it fit to inform me that they have started working on our
“To further show how serious the
government was about giving Eti-Osa a quality road, the job was contracted to
Julius Berger. That was how we started opening up the various communities under
Eti-Osa with dual carriages without even erecting toll gates. Today, the rest
is history.
The Action Governor
“That is why Jakande will always be
credited and referenced as the governor who transformed bushes into homes and
dunghill into a market square. Where Chevron occupies today was a deep swamp.
No human can pass that place and survive without the use of a boat. Even at
that, you would be required to carry your clothes and personal belongings on
your head. That has been the case. But we thank God for using Alhaji Jakande to
open up this place. And ever since he opened up the roads, there has been
increase in schools (both primary and secondary), health services, development,
commerce and industry, housing estates and many other things. 
Interestingly, the action governor
has also been credited with constructing,
rehabilitating and resurfacing Epe/Ijebu-Ode Road, Oba Akran Avenue, Toyin
Street, Town Planning Way, Alimosho-Idimu-Egbe Road, Idimu-Iba-LASU Road
, the
new secretariat road and several others.
* His
government built the current Lagos State Secretariat which houses all the state
ministries as well as the popular round house hitherto occupied by all
subsequent governors of the state.

* His government built the Lagos State House
of Assembly complex.

* His government built the Lagos State Television.

* His government built the Lagos Radio.

* His government built Lagos State University.

* His government established General Hospital
in zones all over the state with assurance of free health care.

* His government established Teacher Training
and the College of Education.

* His government built low cost houses in
Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe,
Amuwo-Odofin, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry, Isheri/Olowu,
* His
government established the Water Management Board and Waste Disposal Board on
the 18th of August, 1980.

* His government constructed the Adiyan Water
to increase water supply in the state to 18.16 million litres per day.

* His government modernized and expanded the
Iju Water Works which was first commissioned in 1915. This increased daily
capacity from 159 million to 204 million litres per day.

* His government purchased and commissioned
the giant car crusher equipment. The equipment was designed specifically to
crush derelict vehicles in Lagos State. It had the capacity to crush 45
vehicles per day.

* His government constructed Victoria
Island/Epe Road
and thereby creating an ‘oil rig’ for Lagos State.

* His government established Asphalt Plant for
the Department of Public Works.

* His government established Electricity Board
for Rural Electrification
with provision of street lights.

* His government modernized, expanded and
commissioned Onikan Stadium in 1982.

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* His government established a singular school
system and ensured genuine free education in Lagos State and the beneficiaries
of this policy are in different positions of eminence in the country and around
the world.

* His government raised the primary schools in
Lagos State to 812 with 533,001 pupils (against 605 primary schools with
434,545 pupils he met in 1979) and secondary schools to 223 with 167,629
students (against 105 schools with 107,835 students in 1979).

* His government constructed 11, 729 classrooms
with the maximum of 40 children per class between March and August 1980, by
1983, he had constructed over 22,000 classrooms. 

* In July 1983, two commercial passenger boats
christened “Baba Kekere and Itafaji” to run the Mile 2 – Marina (CMS)
route via the lagoons were inaugurated by his government to mark the official
launch of the Lagos State ferry services.

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* His government took over the ownership and
financing of Lagos State Printing Corporation in July 1980

* His government established the first State
Traffic Management Authority (Road Marshals).

* His government established small scale
Industries Credit Scheme which preceded the EKO bank.

*His government established LASACO Insurance.

*His government expanded existing market and
built new ones.

*His government established Traditional
Medicine Board. 

Who else dare say 4 years in office is not
enough for meaningful achievements except crooked political office

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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