The Federal University at Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) is mourning the death of the Head of Sports Unit, Mr. Ogunade Johnson Ogundele.
The deceased, 45, was said to have died last Friday of an undisclosed ailment after returning from a coaching course outside the state.
Ogunade had been buried in his Oye-Ekiti hometown.
He is survived by a wife, Abosede, and three children.
A source said: “He woke up that morning and prayed the way he always did. Suddenly, he started coughing and he held his neck as if he was suffocated. He developed complications and died.”
FUOYE Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, yesterday directed the immediate employment of the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Abosede Ogundele.
Speaking through the university’s spokesman Godfrey Bakji, the vice chancellor described Ogundele’s death as devastating and saddening.
Soremekun said Ogundele’s coaching expertise contributed to human capital development in the institution’s sports development.
He said: “As a mark of respect for the late coach and in appreciation of his contributions, his wife is to be offered automatic employment and this is with immediate effect.
“The gesture would enable her to take adequate care of the children the deceased left behind.”