The Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, Professor FC Eze, has expressed displeasure over the non-stop herdsmen disturbances and harassment on the students in and outside campus.
On the disclosure he made to newsmen who paid him a courtesy visit yesterday (Friday, 15th November 2019), Mentorslinks.com gathered from TodayaNg that he (The Vice Chancellor) noted that the activities of the herders is presently given the students and staff of the school a lot of concern as he further stated that the herdsmen has also destroyed the crops planted by the students in the school farms.
According to him, “Our major challenge now is the harassment of our students and destruction of crops by the herdsmen, they have not been fair to us, this gives us a lot of concern.”
A female student of the institution who pleaded anonymity alleged that students are afraid of moving around at nights for fear of being harassed by the herders. According to her, “moving about at night is a source of worry to us now, we don’t know who the next victim would be, they rough handle us especially girls.”
Similarly, the VC has expressed his displeasure of cult activities in the school, but noted that the security in place in the school have been doing a tremendous job. On encroachment of the school premises by the school’s host communities, Eze cautioned that if it continues , the host community might be loosing economically.
He informed that the school planned a befitting teaching hospital in the premises which he said presently situated at about 4,500 hectares but the encroachment is hindering it’s commencement.
“Another problem we are having is encroachment by the host communities, we are tired of complaining about this, we have planned a teaching hospital and other projects within the school but some selfish people who demand ten percent over a land would not let this be” Eze said.