First Civilian Governor Of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande Is Dead.
He died in the early hours of Thursday, February 11, 2021. Aged 91.
Lateef Kayode Jakande was born in the Epetedo area of Lagos Island, Lagos State on 29 July 1929. He enrolled at Ilesha Grammar School in 1945, where he edited a literary paper called The Quarterly Mirror.
In 1949, Jakande began a career in journalism first with the Daily Service and then in 1953 joining the Nigerian Tribune. In 1956 he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Tribune by the owner Chief Obafemi Awolowo. After leaving the Tribune in 1975, Jakande established John West Publications and began to publish The Lagos News. Jakande served as the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN).
Lateef Jakande became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983. He also served as the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998.
May his soul rest in peace, Amen.