First civilian governor of Lagos State Lateef Jakande yesterday said he was pleased with the government’s efforts to provide quality education.

Jakande, whose administration from 1979 to 1983 provided free primary and secondary education and built over 300,000 classrooms, said he was satisfied that the seed he sowed had blossomed.

Addressing pupils of Unique Blossom School, Ikorodu, during a visit to his Ilupeju, Lagos home, he said: “I must commend the Lagos State government for carrying on the battle.

“Akinwunmi Ambode, who succeeded Babatunde Fashola, has been carrying on the work which he did and I must say I’m very happy that the seed I sowed has germinated into a big tree.”

Jakande advised the pupils to obey their teachers and follow their hearts.

“The future is yours. Nigeria is a great country and there is hope for every child,” he added.

The children, who were led by the proprietress, Mrs Abimbola Animasaun and several teachers, presented the former governor a portrait done by one of their teachers.

Mrs. Animasaun said the excursion was motivated by the children’s quest to know the person behind Lagos landmarks, such as Jakande Estate and Jakande Bus Stop, among others.

“So, I said since Baba is alive, they should see him for themselves and have memories that’ll last them for a lifetime,” she added.

During the question and answer session, a pupil, Ademiji Theophilus, asked the 86-year-old if he would accept a political appointment.

Laughing, Jakande replied: “At my age, I can only counsel the Buhari government.”


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