The staff and students of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, (FECA) on Friday protested over the encroachment of the land belonging to the institution by land grabbers.
BusinessDay reports that the protesters, who were armed with various inscriptions such as; “Don’t send FECA into extinction, “Rescue FECA from land grabbers, ” FECA land is not for sale”, “Federal Government should come to FECA’s aid, “Allow FECA to breathe,” among others, took their protest from the gate of the institution to the zone 17 office of the AIG, the governor’s office and that of Deji of Akure, Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi.
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of the College (ASUU), Kayode Sule, who spoke on behalf of his co-protesters, said the land grabbers’ activities were affecting the training of college students.
Sule, however, described the activities of land grabbers as illegal and urged the Federal Government to intervene.
He said; “What is going on is that we have had this problem of land grabbers coming from time to time to disturb us in the college.
“As we are speaking now, they are right inside the college, bulldozing lands, destroying economic trees, destroying those things that we use in the training of our students, all the economic trees, economic crops being bulldozed by land grabbers even as we speak now.
“What we are coming out to protest again is to tell the whole world, to tell the government, every concerned citizen and stakeholders in the country that enough is enough that land grabbers must put an end to these incessant harassments.
“And some people in this community believe that this land is for grabs and that it must be sold off and that this college must not exist. The land of Federal College of Agriculture is for Training of students and it’s not for sale.”
Sule revealed that there were several cases in court with several groups of land grabbers, but said there was a particular man that came with security and started destroying our fences with the help of security men and things on Thursday.
He urged Akure sons and daughters, the government, FG, Ondo State Government to help the college from going into extinction by land grabbers.