Governor Sanwo-Olu made a bold statement with the Academy by offering the platform for young, vibrant, innovative, service-oriented, and value-driven individuals who will be trained and absorbed in Public Service in the State and across the nation.
In a speech, the Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo-Olu Babajide said:
“After receiving over 3,000 applications for the Lateef Jakande Leadership and Fellowship Academy, 36 participants emerged after going through a rigorous screening process.
“When our administration thought about setting up the Academy, we said to ourselves that we didn’t want to name another street or estate after the late Jakande, because his name has had a lot of that. We thought about establishing an institution that will sustain and project the values for which he was known.
“The Leadership Academy was initiated with the objective to train and nurture young leaders with the right values and leadership skills to build institutions across sectors and make a lasting impact on society.
“This project for me is part of my donation and legacy to give back, not just to Lagos, but the entire country.
“The worth of a leader is in how many future leaders he can raise.
“We seek to raise young leaders that will take up the baton of leadership, and the only way we can do that is to be intentional in scouting for brilliant young people who are best in their own areas.”
It is believed that the LJLA will in the long run be one of the important platforms that will continually motivate, mentor and produce young Nigerians for leadership positions.