Lagos, Sept.16, 2014 (NAN) A professor of Sports Psychology, Ademola Onifade, of the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, on Tuesday died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
Onifade, who had been receiving treatment at LASUTH, after he slumped at his FESTAC residence on Sept. 12, died on Monday night.
Adekunle Idris, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), LASU chapter, confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that until his death, Onifade, in his late 50s, was a professor in the Department of Physical and Health Education.
Idris said: “The late Prof. Onifade slumped at his Festac residence on Friday night and had since been admitted at LASUTH until he died on Monday night.”
He said that the union was still in a state of shock as the late professor was hale and hearty, and did not show any sign of sickness before the sad incident.
“We were on the field together for sports about 10 days ago, as he jogs and exercises himself regularly.
“He was also seen in the campus last Friday and was full of life.
“LASU branch of ASUU had lost a rare gem and will miss late Prof. Onifade as he was a true comrade and a great scholar of repute.
“He was a past secretary of ASUU at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, and an elder at the ASUU-LASU chapter.
“Late Onifade is a man of truth and selfless ASUU fighter.
“He advises ASUU-LASU on the road to trail and always hit the nail on the head, even when others do not,” Idris said.
He said Onifade was expected to commence his sabbatical leave at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Oct. 1, adding that he concluded the official arrangement two weeks ago.
“He was a director, Centre for Environment, Science and Education; former chairman, LASU Sports Council; former Dean and Head of Department.
“He was the only Nigerian representative of the UNESCO Committee on Sports and Physical Education, and a consultant to the Nigeria Sports Commission (NSC),” Idris said.