Authorities of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, have raised the alarm over alleged invasion and destruction of farmlands by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Taiwo Akande raised the alarm at the 16th pre-convocation press conference in Ado Ekiti, where she said about 11,737 students would graduate from the institution.
Dr. Akande, who noted that the institution had lost several millions of naira to the activities of herdsmen, called on the federal government to intervene.
According to her, the police and eminent Nigerians like Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, whose university is located directly opposite the polytechnic, had tried their best to curb further damage to the institution’s properties, yet there is no solution to the destruction.
“This menace of the Fulani cattle rearers has been most destructive to many of our demonstration farms and pilot plantations.
“It is most painful to also disclose that some of the pilot farm
projects, academic, research demonstration farms and recently established plantations on which we pinned our hope of future revenue enhancement have been destroyed one after the other by the Fulani cattle rearers.
“They will bring their animals to the campus environment and eat up every green thing in sight,” she said.
According to the rector, “This systematic destruction of the
institution’s farms and project sites have been on for over two years now and the destruction normally happens when we are about to harvest our crops.
Some major problems she highlighted confronting the polytechnic included the activities of land grabbers and illegal settlers, dwindling resources arising from low funding of the institution by the federal government, and poor patronage by the private sector in terms of endowment.
The rector pleaded with the federal government to make polytechnic education more attractive to Nigerian admission seekers and sponsors by removing the age-long dichotomy between the polytechnic and university systems in the country.
Akande said that the 16th combined convocation ceremony which holds this week Friday would include graduating sets of 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions.

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