By Rotimi Ojomoyela
The Rector of the Federal polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr Taiwo Akande has raised the alarm over alleged invasion and destruction of the institution’s farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
At a pre-convocation media briefing over the weekend, Dr Akande said the institution had suffered unquantifiable loss in both monetary terms, academic and research materials to the menace.
She called on the Federa Government to intervene in the crisis, as the police and eminent Nigerian like Chief Afe Babalola whose university is located directly opposite the polytechnic had tried to curb further damage but to no avail.
“This menace of 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.
The Rector said these systematic destruction of the institution’s farms and project sites had been on since over two years, adding that another major problem confronting the polytechnic was the activities of land grabbers and illegal settlers