The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Suleman Abdulkareem, has raised alarm over the level at which the University’s Multi-million naira Research and Training Farm has been destroyed by cattle illegally grazing on the vast land of the institution.
The vice chancellor disclosed this last Thursday during a security meeting with the leaders of the 11Fulani settlements on the University land.
At the meeting which held at the Auditorium Basement of the institution, Abdulkareem complained that the cattle destroyed plantations of economic trees.
Those in attendance were representatives of the law enforcement agencies comprising the Nigerian Police Force, the State Security Services, SSS, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The vice chancellor disclosed that the university management would no longer put up with illegal grazing of cows on its land, stressing that the university could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the university land, as it is becoming too costly for the institution to bear
He further asked the illegal settlers who had already started putting up permanent structures to vacate the university for the sake of peace.
“We have a multi-million naira programme that is currently at stake now because they (herders) have gone to the extent of uprooting tubers of cassava for their cattle to feed on,” the vice chancellor said.
“We cannot conduct any research or training on the farm again because each time we get to a point where their cattle can feed on it… they go back there and destroy it,” He said.