The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Audu Ogbeh, has expressed Federal Government’s readiness to prosecute people trespassing landed properties of Federal College of Agriculture, land grabbers Akure (FECA), Ondo State.
Ogbeh, who stated this in Akure, during the diamond jubilee celebration of the college, identified land grabbing, destruction of farms and plantations as major challenges facing the institute.
Represented by South West Regional Director and 1985 set alumnus of the college, Joseph Adeniyi Ogunwale, he said the properties are meant for the training of the students.
“It is troubling that land grabbers are not satisfied with their wanton destruction of property and assets on this campus, but are determined to create more havoc.”
The minister stressed that the college had become “an integral part of the history of the state and common heritage” which the “Federal Government will not fold its arms and allow illegality to destroy.
“We have tolerated them too long. We are determined to bring them to justice this time around. Accordingly, we must preserve and jealously guard it. The reckless and willful destruction of government assets on campus by land grabbers and common criminals constitute lawlessness, which will no longer be tolerated by this administration,” he warned.