[Kwara]–Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, the Vice–Chancellor of the University of Ilorin on Tuesday gave herdsmen encroaching on the institution’s land a one-week ultimatum to quit.
In a meeting with the representatives of the herdsmen and other stakeholders on the campus, the VC said that their presence there was a violation of the laws governing the university.
“Your activities are affecting our research works. Plants grown for research works are being destroyed, slowing down the pace of research work.
“We must ensure we do not hinder and frustrate each other, as we are members of the same society,” Ambali said.
“People are building permanent structures on our land. When we went round, we counted about 16 structures.
“We want to use these plots for the purpose for which the university was established, hence, the need for this meeting,” he explained.
Earlier, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Management Services, Prof. Adedayo Abdulkareem, noted that several university farms were being destroyed by the grazing cattle.
He said that the unlawful encroachment on the institution’s landed property was worrisome to the university administration.
Abdulkareem condemned the use of chemicals by the herdsmen for illegal fishing in the institution’s waters.
The DVC described this as a dangerous development that could lead to water poisoning, as the university relied on the water for treatment and supply to the campus.
In another events, The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to 23 academic programmes presented by the University of Ilorin to the commission.
In the letter, dated March 29, and signed on behalf of the NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, by the Commission’s Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Noel Saliu, the NUC stated that this was the outcome of the accreditation it carried out on the University in November 2016.
The NUC, however, denied accreditation to two programmes, Social Works and Psychology, in the Faculty of Social Science.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg