The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has announced plans to organise a national summit in honour of its pioneer president, late Comrade Danlad Sunday Oladele.
He died on Monday, August 9, 2021, in Abuja at the age of 72.
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Oladele, alongside a few others, had in 1980 led the rebirth of the student movement from the proscribed National Union of Nigerian Students (NUNS).
The Military Government of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo had banned student unionism across Nigerian tertiary institutions.
But in a rare act of courage, Oladele led others to write a new constitution and in 1980, founded the National Association of Nigerian Students.
Chairman of the planning committee for Oladele’s funeral, Senator Dino Melaye, told a news conference Tuesday in Abuja that the forum of former NANS leaders and the students’ union would hold a national lecture on 20th October in Abuja to honour the passage of NANS pioneer president.
He said the Senate of the students’ body would, on 22nd October, hold a valedictory session in honour of the deceased at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos while Oladele’s remains would be buried the following day.
Melaye described the late Oladele as a dogged fighter with non-violent strategies.
He said Oladele’s certificate was being withheld by the management of YABATECH as a punitive measure over his activism during his days in the college.
“He continued for 41 years fighting against the injustice meted on him by the YABATECH management which withheld his certificate until his death.
“With the intervention of the Nigerian Senate, the management of YABATECH agreed to present the departed leader with his certificate at their next convocation. Unfortunately, he died two weeks after,” he added.