Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress,APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the worst civilian governor in the history of Lagos State.
Atiku said this on Sunday through Phrank Shaibu, his Special Assistant on Public Communication.
In a statement on Sunday, Shaibu said the best governor of Lagos is the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande who was governor from 1979 to 1983.
Shaibu said, “Tinubu cannot be the best product from Lagos. That title belongs to the late Lateef Jakande who was a disciple of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Jakande built the Lekki-Epe Expressway from scratch, effectively opening up the Lekki Peninsula axis. Jakande constructed the Alausa Government Secretariat and Governor’s Office, the Lagos State University (LASU), and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).
“He built all the low-cost housing units in Lagos. Some of the housing units include low-cost estates at Amuwo-Odofin, Ijaiye, Dolphin, Oke-Afa, Ije, Abesan, Iponri, Ipaja, Abule Nla, Epe, Anikantamo, Surulere, Iba, Ikorodu, Badagry.
“Jakande built all the general hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu as well as LASUTH. He also built 20 health centres in the state. Jakande also constructed most of the primary and secondary schools in Lagos that still stand today.
“Available records stated that Jakande built 11,000 classrooms between March and August 1980 and by 1983, he had built over 22,000 classrooms with 40 pupils per class. The then governor, in exhibiting his passion for education, established a Teacher Training College and a College of Education (COE).
“He declared free education at all levels despite inheriting an empty treasury from the military. In fact, not only was schooling free, he also provided free educational inputs to students including textbooks, exercise books, and others.
“The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria captured Jakande’s legacy perfectly last year when it said, ‘No governor in Lagos has been able to match the achievements of the late Jakande in the educational sector… Till date, his housing policies still remain reference points for successive governments.
“He was such an outstanding administrator that his tenure as a governor remains a yardstick for good governance in the state.
“All these he achieved in just four years. Besides, until his death, the late Jakande lived a modest life around Coker Street, Ilupeju and refused to corner the resources of the state.
“The short-lived Third Republic which produced Michael Otedola lasted for barely a year and so cannot be assessed fairly.
“But what did Tinubu achieve as governor of Lagos? He claims that he met an Internally Generated Revenue of N600 million in 1999 and moved it to N5 billion a month.
“This has been fact-checked by the CDD Election War Room and has been discovered to be false.
“The verdict reads, ‘Data from the Central Bank statistical bulletin as quoted by Research Academy of Social Sciences showed that Lagos generated N14.6 billion in 1999. This amounts to an average of N1.22 billion monthly.’”
Culled from the Niche