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Ambode inaugurates JJT Park in honour of 3 past governors
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December 14, 2017 05:01:12am GMT      |      Views: 487
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has  inauguarated a recreational park and garden named JJT Park in honour of three former governors of the state.

The former governors are retired Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson, the first military governor of the state; Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor of the state; and Chief Bola Tinubu.
Ambode said at the inauguration of the park in Alausa that it would serve as a source of inspiration to constantly remind Lagosians of the sacrifice and virtues the past governors stood for.
“Today, we are here to celebrate and honour three past governors of our dear state who were outstanding in their contributions to the development of Lagos State.
“These eminent Lagosians are some of the very few brave men that stood to be counted on the side of justice, and who by their performances while in office have written their names in gold for future generations.
“The roles played by Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson Rtd., Alhaji Lateef Jakande and Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu can never be forgotten. “They are the true legends of our State, and architects of the Lagos we are proud of today,” he said. Ambode said that Johnson laid the foundation as the pioneer governor of the newly created Lagos State in 1967.

“He constructed the 60.7-kilometre Lagos–Badagry Expressway linking Nigeria with countries in the West African sub region, the Itoikin Bridge linking Epe and Ikorodu, the Eko Bridge and a network of roads and bridges that opened up the new Lagos.

“Alhaji Lateef Jakande was the first elected civilian governor of Lagos State and held office for 4 years.
“His tenure witnessed the introduction of masses-oriented programmes particularly in the education, housing and health sectors.
“Apart from the successful implementation of the Free Education Programme, his administration established new neighbourhood primary and secondary schools, and also constructed over 30,000 housing units in different parts of the state for the benefit of low income earners.
“His tenure also witnessed the completion of the General Hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu as well as the establishment of about 20 health centres within the state.
“Alhaji Lateef Jakande conceived and initiated the Metro line transit system that would have provided a solution to the challenge being experienced in the transportation sector today,” he said.
Ambode described Tinubu as the architect of modern Lagos.
“His tenure witnessed the development of a blue print for the future development of our state and which successive administrations have continued to build upon and actualise today.
“One of the remarkable achievements of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration was the reform of the state tax administration system which resulted in the state attaining the status of the most viable and self sustaining State in Nigeria.
“He also made huge investments in education and initiated new road constructions required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the state,” he said.
According to him, Tinubu  established the institutional framework which has ensured that the state is properly and efficiently run.

“It was under his government that institutions like LIRS, LAMATA, LASTMA and many others came into existence.
“We have decided to honour these illustrious heroes and patrons of our state while they are still alive through this beautiful garden that has been named the JJT Park – Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park,” Ambode said.
Earlier, in her welcome address, General Manager, Lagos State Parks and Garden Agency, Mrs Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola, said the park was about 21,880 square metres, with two waterfalls, children playing ground, free Wi-Fi and a pavilion, among others.(NAN)

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