Unilorin Makes Demands After Losing Millions To Cattle Grazing
All the University of Ilorin wants is peace but the herdsmen will have to pay the price required.
Grazing of farmlands by cattle has continued in some parts of Nigeria and now universities’ research farms have become part of the trend that has continued unabated.
The impact this will have on the training the students are supposed to get from the farm is enormous.
Plants they have nurtured for months have become food to cattle that do not belong to the institution.
University of Ilorin has lost its multi-million Naira research farm to cattle grazing and the university is making a demand from illegal fulani settlers in the area.
The university’s demand was announced on Monday by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem.
He 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 on Monday, 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 of the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and the 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 was coming almost a year after the University authority first issued a quit notice to the illegal settlers.
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.
At the meeting, 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.