Grazing cattle destroy Unilorin's multi-million naira research farms

Date: 2018-02-13

Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has decried the destruction of the university’s multi-million naira research and training farms by cattle illegally grazing on the campus and poisoning the dam with chemicals.

According to the university weekly bulletin issued, yesterday, the management of the institution last Thursday held a security meeting with the leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the university land.

The publication quoted the vice-chancellor as saying that sundry economic trees' plantations were destroyed by cattle illegally grazing on the vast land of the institution. The meeting was attended by representatives of law enforcement agencies, comprising Nigeria Police Force,Department of State Service, DSS, and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. At the meeting held at the institution's auditorium basement, Prof. Abdulkareem disclosed that the university management would no longer tolerate illegal grazing of cows on its land.

He, therefore, told the illegal settlers, who have started building permanent structures to vacate the university land in the interest of peace. According to him, this is coming almost a year after the university authority first issued a quit notice to the illegal settlers.

The management recalls that the University management had on April 26, 2017 handed down a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen encroaching on the University land to quit the campus, but the quit notice was never complied with.

The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Usman Adamu, told the university management that the herdsmen destroying the university farm land were not living in the community. He said there were other ethnic groups embarking on illegal activities like logging, and were not differentiated from the Fulani.

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