Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday described the late Rasheed Gbadamosi as one of the founding fathers of modern day Lagos.
Mr. Ambode, who spoke at a reception organised by the state government in honour of Mr. Gbadamosi in Ikeja, said that the deceased offered selfless services to the state and the nation.
The late Mr. Gbadamosi died on November 16 at the age of 72.
The governor said that the late economist and industrialist was a true “Lagosian’’ who contributed immensely to the development of the state.
According to him, the government and good people of Lagos will forever cherish his contributions to the growth of the state.
”Gbadamosi served the state at a young age as the Commissioner for Economic Planning and ended his service to the state at old age as the co-Chairman of Lagos at 50 Celebration Committee.
”I stand here on behalf of all Lagos people to celebrate a patriotic Nigerian, an elder statesman, a thoroughbred economist; a lover of arts per excellence, a consummate businessman, and above all, a selfless Nigerian.
“He was not just a father, but one of the founding fathers of modern day Lagos. We, in Lagos State, will forever cherish his contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State,” he said.
Mr. Ambode urged Mr. Gbadamosi’s family to be strong and take solace in his dreams and vision of a modern Lagos as well as his legacies.
The governor said that in view of Gbadamosi’s love for arts, the state government would intensify initiatives to promote arts more than ever, starting with arts exhibition in January, 2017.
He said that this was to bring the old and the young together and create the framework for youth engagement.
In her tribute, Nike Akande, the President, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said that the late Mr. Gbadamosi personified the value of hard work.
Mr. Akande said that he was an amiable and hardworking industrialist who was always bringing deep intellectual insight into the national issues.
On his part, a veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, said that Mr. Gbadamosi was passionately committed to standing with the people and was always particular about the welfare of the arts and artists.
Responding on behalf of the family, Mr. Gbadamosi’s eldest child, Morounkunbi Osinoiki, thanked the state government for organising the tributes in honour of her late father.
Ms. Osinoiki said that it was well appreciated by the family.