The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has warned those who encroach on the land of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
The minister said the Federal Government was determined to deal with anyone caught in the act of destroying government properties.
He stated this at the 60th anniversary of the college in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Represented by the South-West Regional Director of the ministry, Mr. Joseph Adeniyi, the minister said, “One of the challenges facing this college, which we are presently dealing with, is the issue of land grabbing and illegal destruction of farms and plantations meant for the training of young people in this college.
“It is an act of lawlessness taken too far, which is totally unacceptable to us. It is troubling that the land grabbers are not satisfied with their wanton destruction of property and assets on the campus, but are determined to create more havoc.
“We have tolerated them too long and we are determined to bring them to justice this time around. The reckless and wilful destruction of government assets on this campus by land grabbers and common criminals constitute acts of lawlessness, which will no longer be tolerated by this administration.”
While commending the Provost of the college, Dr. Adeola Odedina as well as the management and staff for the various projects executed on the campus, Ogbeh urged all to support the institution in protecting the government properties in the school.
In his remarks, Odedina confirmed that as a result of land grabbing, the college had lost 60 per cent of the 1,000 hectares of land, while the remaining, “which is occupied by rocks and motor parks is under the threat of sponsored litigation.”
“Our land has degenerated from 1,000 hectares in 1957 to 375 hectares and half of the 375 hectares is under litigation,” Odedina stated.
He appealed to the government and people of Ondo State and the country in general to come to the aid of the school in protecting its properties.