The management of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) in Ondo has raised the alarm on what it described as “attacks” on its staff and students by land grabbers.
Akinyemi Fadiyimu, the institution’s provost, spoke in Akure on Thursday.
Fadiyimu said five different litigations have been filed by individuals trying to lay claim to the college’s land.
He said three-quarters of the institution’s land would be gone if the court ruled in favour of the people that instituted legal actions against the institution.
The FECA provost said students and staff members are facing security risks associated with the dispute, which he said is causing a distraction for the institution.
Fadiyimu said there is a need to educate people that the institution requires a large mass of land to operate.
“Our greatest threat here is the issue of land grabbing. Land grabbers want to forcefully encroach on our land,” he said.
“We are facing five litigations from people who are trying to lay claim to this college. On several fronts, different persons are laying claim to our land. The issues are so serious.
“If perchance we should lose those cases, the land available to this college will be reduced by three-quarters. Only one quarter will be left for us to operate.
“They come in all the time to attack our staff and students. It is a lot of security risk for staff and students.
“The location of the college is attractive to land speculators. They should leave us alone to develop and be able to serve the society.”
Besides the attack, Fadiyimu said the removal of colleges of education from benefitting from the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND) caused a serious infrastructural deficit in the institution.
He said it was unfortunate that the college has not been receiving the needed patronage of both the state and the federal government.
“There are a lot of developmental project activities lacking in the institution. There is a dearth of infrastructure. The FG has been shortchanging us since 2010,” he said.
“We were removed from benefitting from TETFUND. In 2010 all Colleges of Education were exempted but state universities are benefiting from it.
“State governments are not establishing a College of Agriculture because they will not have access to TETFUND.
“We are talking about food security, agricultural development. Our graduates are able to ensure we achieve technological advancement. We are critical stakeholders in agricultural development in this country.”
AAU graduate attempts suicide over withheld results
A graduate of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Edo State, identified as Precious Ogbeide, has attempted suicide over the alleged university’s refusal to issue him and several other students their results after they graduated from school in 2018.
It was learned that Ogbeide, whose parents claimed he had been battling depression due to his inability to be issued his results after spending five years in the school, started to stab himself with pieces of a bottle he had broken.
Some aggrieved students of the school had lamented the inability to receive their degree results after spending five years undergoing the programme, claiming that the situation had demoralised them.
According to them, they are facing a bleak future as a result of the development.
It was learned from the aggrieved students that the tertiary institution had been promising them that the backlog of results would be cleared and students who were yet to be mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps scheme would be settled.
However, a source, who was privy to Monday’s incident, told newsmen that Ogbeide became frustrated and decided to end his life over the matter.
The source, who craved anonymity, said, “I received a call at about 3:30 pm on Monday that Ogbeinde had been rushed to the hospital. I was told he had been showing signs of depression and that they had tried to help in every possible way they could.
“The mother told me that he just stood up all of a sudden with a bottle and smashed it on the floor. They told me it was a slip. But he started to pierce his neck and body with the pieces of the broken bottle.
“It was the efforts of his relative present at the time of the incident that overpowered him before he was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
“He said he was tired of everything. He said he had not been able to face his parents and family members after going to school for five years without any result to show for it.
“He could not get a job because they kept asking him to provide his certificate. He said any time he met those who could help him get a job, they would tell him to wait for his result. He was just fed up with the whole thing and became frustrated that his future was on hold.”
Meanwhile, the school, through the Head of Corporate Communications and Protocol, Mike Aladenika, had told newsmen that the students affected by certificate and result issues might have had issues with some courses during their time in school.
“If you had graduated and done all you were asked to do while you were a student, you would not have problems with your results.
“Some of the students who did not take cognizance of the deficiencies they had with their courses are the ones facing these challenges,” Aladenika stated.
Covenant, UI, FUTA emerge top universities in Nigeria
Covenant University, University of Ibadan and the Federal University of Technology, Akure have secured top ranking in Nigeria according to Times Higher Education’s 2024 rating.
Analysis of the latest ranking showed that Covenant University is among the top 1,000 universities in the world.
Though ranked first in Nigeria, Covenant University is placed within the global 801-1000 range.
Covenant University, a private-owned institution, stands at the top spot in Nigeria, while the University of Ibadan followed in second and FUTA emerged third.
The University of Lagos and the University of Bayero emerged fourth and fifth in Nigeria, respectively.
The Ranking Web said the World University ranking includes 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions.
“The Times Higher World University ranking includes 1,904 universities across 108 countries and regions.
“The table is based on our new WUR 3.0 methodology, which is carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across five areas; teaching, research environment, research quality, industry and international outlook.”
Others universities that achieve the top ranking is Nigeria include the University of Ilorin, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Afe Babalola University, University of Benin, Federal Univ of Agric, Abeokuta, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Lagos State University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Port Harcourt.
Among the 15 top universities, nine are located in the South West, two in the South East, two in the South South, one in the North West and one in the North Central.
Harry, Meghan donates school supplies to Nigerian female students
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his wife, have donated school supplies and menstrual products to female students in Nigeria.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation announced the donation in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation.
The foundation said it will support the well-being of 2,500 girls by providing them with menstrual health education.
“As students around the world returned to school this month, The Archewell Foundation supported girls’ education and health by sending school supplies and menstrual products to young scholars in Nigeria with The GEANCO Foundation,” the statement reads.
“GEANCO provides critical health care and education services in Nigeria. Its David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship provides full tuition, medical care, and social and emotional support to young female victims of terrorism and gender inequality in Nigeria.
“Afam Onyema, CEO of GEANCO, joined the Archewell staff to help fill backpacks with supplies and menstrual products.
“AWF’s support will also provide menstrual health education for 2,500 girls in the region GEANCO serves, supporting the health and well-being of girls pursuing their education.”
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