Tope Fayehun, Akure
The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, (FECA) ,Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina, has called on the security agencies in the state to effectively tackle the illegal destruction of the college properties by land grabbers.
The provost made the call during the occasion of his conferment of the honour/award of “Pacesetter in Education for African Renaissance and Leadership”(PEARL), by African Stride International, held at the International Training Centre of the institution.
Odedina, who noted that FECA was the first tertiary institution to be established in the state which sited on 1000-hectare land , disclosed that over 60 percent of the institution’s land had allegedly been encroached upon.
The provost said the land judgement which unappealed by his predecessors has taken away half of the remaining land including Provost’s House, guest house and two dams of the institution.
His words: ” As you are aware, there was a land judgement against the College before I assumed position in January 2015. The College which was established on a 1000-hecter land was remaining 375 hectares on my assumption of office.
“The current management instituted an appeal process immediately I assumed office; and the current status is that the case is now safely in the appeal.
” Those bringing bulldozers to destroy College farms have no right under the law to do so . The College is appealing to security agencies to come to its aid and stop the illegal destruction”.
Odedina who appreciated the quick intervention of the federal government through the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe , noted that the appeal instituted by the College was to bring back the College land that was acquired and gazetted as far back as 1949, in the interest of the incoming generation.