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Alumni begs Buhari, Ogbeh to intervene in FCA crisis

Alumni begs Buhari, Ogbeh to intervene in FCA crisis

The alumni association of national executive of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan (FCA) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture, to wade into the lingering crises rocking the institution before it degenerated into a full-blown disaster.

The ex-students while condemning the recent clash between the students and men of the Oyo State Police Command noted that the situation in the college was becoming unbearable, hence the attention of President Buhari and Audu Ogbeh is needed to forestall further breakdown of laws and order in the institution.

FCA Alumni in a press statement issued after its emergency meeting and signed by Emmanuel Bankole and Taiwo Oduola, national president and national secretary respectively condemned in strong terms the breakdown of law and order, and wanton destruction of property at the institution.

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The old students in the statement titled, “FCA Alumni declared that the institution has trained many graduates who have contributed to the agricultural development in the country, declared that the oldest agricultural institution in the country should not continue to be engulfed in avoidable crises.

The statement reads, “The National Executive of the Federal College of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan Alumni association Ibadan at its emergency meeting held on Thursday, 16th November 2017 condemns in strong terms the breakdown of law and order, and wanton destruction of properties at the Moor Plantation campus of the institution and urges the Federal Government to restore normalcy without further delay.

“The Federal College of Agriculture, Moor-Plantation, Ibadan is the oldest agricultural training institution in West Africa established in 1921.

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“The College, as part of its mandates, has successfully trained graduates who have contributed immensely to the agricultural development and food security of the nation.

“The FCA Alumni has been observing with keen interest the imbroglio between the management of the college, the staff unions and the students which have been lingering for the past few months.

“On Monday, 12th November 2017, the crisis erupted which led to a clash between Federal College of Agriculture students and the police during a protest against the student’s inability to receive lectures for the past few months. It resulted in casualties among Research staff and students on the campus. 

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“The Alumni, therefore, wishes to state unequivocally that the situation in the Moor Plantation campus is becoming unbearable and hereby call on all stakeholders especially the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh to step in and take urgent actions.

“The college is a trailblazer in the training of agricultural students in Nigeria and had been a peaceful institution rights from its inception until recent.

Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan