The pioneer president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Danlad Sunday Oladele has died just two weeks after gaining victory over a 41 year battle to get YABATECH to release his certificate.
In 1980 Comrade Oladele alongside other students led the rebirth of the students’ movement from the proscribed National Union of Nigerian Students after the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo banned student unionism.
Senator Dino Melaye, while speaking on the death of the Comrade Oladele said Oladele’s certificate was withheld by the management of the school ( YabaTech )as a punitive measure over his role as an activist during his days in the college.
The Comrade had alongside other students led a revolution which gave way for the rebirth of the students’ movement from the proscribed National Union of Nigerian Students after the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo banned student unionism.
In 1980, Oladele with the help of others founded the National Association of Nigerian Students in 1980 a new constitution was written.
Unfortunately, his action”later earned him and most of his colleagues varying consequences such as expulsion, rustication and withholding of their certificates,” Melaye said.
Oladele fought YABATECH for decades to get his certificate and, with the intervention of the Senate Committee, the management of YABATECH agreed to present him with his certificate at their next convocation but unfortunately, he died two weeks after.
Olalekan, the son of the deceased, told newsmen that his father was in high spirits and was looking forward to the convocation ceremony but died before then. He added that his father died doing what he loved best, which is fighting for the masses, and he had no regrets.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students has vowed to retrieve the certificate of its pioneer president.