SENATORS from Lagos State on Wednesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to name the Gwarimpa Estate in the Federal Capital Territory after a former governor of Lagos State, the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
The senators, who raised a point of order presented on their behalf by their colleague from Lagos West Senatorial District, Solomon Adeola, at plenary, noted that Jakande, as minister of Works and Housing, conceptualised the construction of the estate considered to be the largest in West Africa.
Adeola said, “With the annulment of June 12 and military takeover, Alhaji Jakande accepted to serve the nation in the capacity of Minister of Works under the Late General Sanni Abacha military regime.
“To his credit as minister of works is the largest housing estate in Africa; the Gwarimpa Housing Estate, which he fully conceptualised before he was changed as well as Lugbe Housing Estate in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“A modest man in every sense, LKJ shunned all kind of ostentatious life in and out of office and cannot be accused of any corruption. It is on record that for all he built in terms of housing, he never allocated a land or house to himself in Lagos State or in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“Alhaji Jakande contributed much to the development of Nigeria in terms of his many infrastructural legacies in Lagos State, the former capital and commercial nerve centre of Nigeria as well as the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“I graciously request the Federal Government of Nigeria to immortalise him with a national monument like renaming of the Gwarimpa Estate after him or anyway the Federal Government deemed fit.”