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GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU TO UNVEIL THE STATUE OF ALHAJI LATEEF KAYODE JAKANDE DURING ABESAN ESTATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Abesan Estate with a population of about a hundred thousand people is the largest demographic concentration in Lagos state. It boasted of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa until recently. The people are friendly, warm and receptive.

Though the roads are bad, and their infrastructure is poor, the Residents Association believes the 40th Anniversary of the commissioning of the estate is worth celebrating.

 

The estate was commissioned on 17th December 1982 by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the tenure of Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande as the governor of Lagos state.

 

In a press conference held at the Secretariat of Abesan Estate Residents’ Association (AERA), on Friday 9th December 2022, the chairman of the anniversary committee, Pastor G.O Oduwole noted that the 40th-anniversary celebrations is aimed at celebrating the legacies of the former governor of Lagos state in whose tenure, about 14 Low and Medium Cost estates were built. “This singular act saved many people from the claws of shylock landlords who were ready to suck tenants dry.” He explained.

 

A week-long event including Schools Debate, Sports, Church Thanksgiving, Friday JUMAT Service, Training and Empowerment, Public Lecture, Free Healthcare, Welfare for the Needy and Aged, Awards and Grand finale have been lined up for the celebrations.

 

Also speaking at the event, the president of AERA, Elder M.A.O Kehinde noted that some members of the community who have led exemplary lives will be given awards during the celebrations. “These are people who have impacted our community positively and touched the lives of people. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate them”, he said.

 

The awards are in categories that include Excellence in Leadership, Community Service and Grassroots Politics. Others are Philanthropy, Service to Humanity and Youth Development.

 

Some of those receiving awards include Hon. Bisi Yusuf, a member of Lagos State House of Assembly representing Alimosho 01, Hon. Chief Abel Badejo; a former Chairman of Mosan Okunola LCDA and former estate president, Hon. Princess Olabisi Adebajo (ABISCO); Chairman of Mosan Okunola LCDA, Hon. Opeyemi Adunni Akindele; former Executive Secretary of Mosan Okunola LCDA, past presidents of the estate and some residents who have distinguished themselves in their discharge of duty to the community.

 

A Clean-Up-The-Estate programme has been organised by the executive and the youth to usher in the celebrations. This was made known by Prince Papohunda Babatunde, the vice president of AERA who also spoke at the event.

 

 

The high point of the celebration is the unveiling of the statue of Pa. Lateef Jakande by the governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu which is to hold on Friday 16th December by 11 am at Ayoola Bus Stop in the estate. The wife and family of late Pa. Lateef Jakande will also be at the unveiling.

 

The Grand finale of the celebration will hold on Saturday 17th December at Abesan Mini stadium. This event is expected to host more than 5000 residents who have bought the anniversary’s Ankara. A number of popular musicians who are also residents of Abesan will be performing at the event.

 

The celebration is to hold every day from December 10 to 17, 2022.

 

According to the organisers of the event, they have received support from Lagos state government, Mosan Okunola LCDA, companies and individuals.

 

Other people present at the press conference include the former president of the estate, Elder Bisola Ogunyanwo, former Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji M.S Akintunde, executive of the estate, Chairmen of sectors, 40th-Anniversary committee members and some residents.

 

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