Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has decried the destruction of the school’s multi-million naira research and training farms by cattle illegally grazing on the campus.
He also said the cattle had poisoned the dam.
This is contained in the University weekly Bulletin issued on Monday.
The VC who spoke during a meeting with the leaders of the 11 Fulani settlements on the University land, lamented that 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).
Abdulkareem warned that the University management would no longer tolerate illegal grazing of cows on its land and told the illegal settlers, who have started building permanent structures to vacate the University land in the interest of peace.
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 VC warned that the University could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the University land, as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear.
According to the institution’s publication, herdsmen from 11 communities took turns to speak at the meeting.
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 that there were other ethnic groups embarking on illegal activities like logging, and were not differentiated from the Fulanis.