CACOL Felicitates With Jakande @ 90

Comrade Adeniran

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has congratulated the first civilian governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande for attaining the age of 90.

In a congratulatory letter signed by its Executive Chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran, said Alhaji Jakande, who is fondly called ‘Baba Kekere ‘ by his followers brought integrity to the act of governance in Lagos state.

“To attain a threshold of 4 (four scores and a decade in this part of the world is no mean achievement. This is, especially more so, when one considers how you have left an unmatched footprints on the leadership of Lagos State, the nation’s Federal Capital throughout your single term of 4 (four) years before the military intervention that ended the 2nd Republic.

“We have always kept track of your birthday celebration for some time, especially since THE Board of Trustees of our Centre (CACOL), unanimously resolved to confer on you, the CACOL’S All-Time Integrity Award some years back during which we chronicled many of your remarkable strides in Education, Transportation, Housing, Commerce, Vocational Training, Development and Employment of our Youth, etc. Suffice it to say that your spell during that period, remain watershed and a reference point in leadership, not just in Lagos State, but all over the Nigerian state, till date.”

Below is the full text.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande

(Baba Kekere)

Ilupeju Estate 

Ilupeju- Lagos

Dear Sir,

PA LATEEF KAYODE JAKANDE (BABA KEKERE): SALUTE TO CACOL’S, ALL-TIME, RECIPIENT OF INTEGRITY AWARD AT 90

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, write to congratulate our 2015 all-time integrity award as he clocks 90 years on the planet earth today.

To attain a threshold of 4 (four scores and a decade in this part of the world is no mean achievement. This is, especially more so, when one considers how you have left an unmatched footprints on the leadership of Lagos State, the nation’s Federal Capital throughout your single term of 4 (four) years before the military intervention that ended the 2nd Republic. We have always kept track of your birthday celebration for some time, especially since THE Board of Trustees of our Centre (CACOL), unanimously resolved to confer on you, the CACOL’S All-Time Integrity Award some years back during which we chronicled many of your remarkable strides in Education, Transportation, Housing, Commerce, Vocational Training, Development and Employment of our Youth, etc. Suffice it to say that your spell during that period, remain watershed and a reference point in leadership, not just in Lagos State, but all over the Nigerian state, till date.

Considering this unparalleled feat as a state administrator, it becomes germane too for us to recollect your professional acumen that subsequently led to your last individual employer (Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Awolowo, GCFR) to insist on your treading the delicate route of party politics and present you as the party’s (Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN) candidate for Lagos state governorship race in 1979:

·         After your training as a journalist, you first worked with the Daily Service and then in 1953, joined the Nigerian Tribune where you rose to become the Editor-in-Chief of the Newspapers

·         You left Tribune in 1975, and established John West Publications on whose platform you published The Lagos News

·         You were the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN, an organization that was established to protect and defend the integrity and professionalism of journalism as a veritable and worthy enterprise especially during the ‘jackboot’ of military era and subsists till now

·         As you noted elsewhere on your birthday, your emergence as the governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN totally changed the narrative about your leadership qualities and unequalled adherence to accountability and probity in public office

·         Though your resolve and fervor to serve Nigeria in any capacity made you to serve under the Federal government of General Sanni Abacha (deceased), a government that was more noted for its repression and clampdown on democratic force, you remained unstained by the atrocities associated with that regime. You were Minister of Works under the ill-fated Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998, and still gave a good account of your stewardship in providing housing scheme for low income earners in the country

·         The CACOL Integrity Award was later bestowed on you as symbol of Integrity in 2013, in recognition of your outstanding achievements and untainted record as a Professional and servant of the general public

Today, we join your teeming admirers, home and abroad, to congratulate a model of responsible leadership and Icon of CACOL’s Integrity Award for all time. We can only pray that your presence with us could still be a motivation for many of our politicians and aspiring ones to regard public service as a major sacrifice one makes to better his/her own environment while converting the opportunity to etch one’s name in indelible gold. Though, the nation gropes under an uncertain cloud today, we would continue to take solace in your good legacies in leadership and recommend same as a compass for our current leaders to navigate and steer to a safe berth the Nigerian ship of state.

Congratulations on your 90th Birthday Anniversary, once again, our delectable, ‘Baba Kekere’…

Yours in service to Humanity.

 Debo Adeniran

Executive Chairman, CACOL

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