First civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, has expressed shocks over his 85th birthday celebrations.
P.M NEWS reports that Jakande told guests at an event to commemorate his 85th birthday on Monday, 22 July, 2014, that he never thought he could attain the age of 85.
According to the former governor, reaching the age of 85 is God’s blessing for him and his family.
Jakande, who was very happy to hear the majority of the guests confirm that they attended some of the schools he built during his time, said: “I never thought I could still sit here at 85, in 2014 to hear people saying they attended a Jakande school.
“I remember that when we started implementing all our policies in education while I was governor, many people said it could not be done. Today, it is a different story.
“It is God’s doing and it is marvelous in my sight.”
He also prayed for all those who attended the event where the Lateef Jakande Foundation was set up to project the ideals of the former governor.
The board of the foundation, which was also inaugurated at the occasion include the traditional ruler of Ilupeju, Korede Bisade-Phillips, as the chairman while members include Mr. J. O. Sobayo, Dr. Lanre Adeboye, Ade Silver Rotimi and Seyi Jakande.
Meanwhile, while delivering his speech at the event, Professor Siyan Oyeweso of the Department of History and International Studies, Osun State University, Osogbo, called for a review of the original objective for the setting up of the Lagos State University, LASU.
According to Oyeweso, a former lecturer with LASU, the institution’s fortunes have seriously depleted to the extent that the actual Lagosians, the reason for the establishment of the university, can no longer attend the school.
He recalled that in setting up the university, Jakande set up various committees whose findings and report would continue to position the school as an envy of other institutions in the country.
He said though increasing the school fees of the school was not too much of a problem, special consideration should have been given to indigenes of Lagos State.
“If you increase the school fees to the extent that Lagosians cannot afford it, then there is a problem,” he said.
It would be recalled that LASU was recently re-opened after it was shut for months over students protests on high tuition fees.