The Management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) have registered their discomfort with the recent invasion of the institution by herdsmen and their grazing cattle.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday, the Registrar, Mr. John Nnabuihe, said he wondered if herdsmen want to turn the campus into a grazing area.
He said, “It was not funny driving to the Senate Building this morning. It is baffling why herdsmen are gradually transforming FUTO premises into a cattle colony.”
The Registrar said that the institution has written to the Chairman, Cattle Owners Association, Obinze, complaining about the development.
Part of the letter, dated September 4, 2019, and copied to heads of security agencies in the state, read: “I write on the authority of the Vice Chancellor, to draw your attention to the incessant invasion of herdsmen and their cattle on the campus of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri”, Nnabuihe said.
He reminded the Cattle Owners Association Chairman that government prohibited the group from grazing on university lands and environs. “The sensitive nature of grazing on campus and the obvious tension it breeds among students, may ultimately lead to clashes, if not curbed.
This is given the current precarious security challenges associated with open grazing”, Nnabuihe said.