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Federal University of Lafia (FULAFIA) Management Has Announced the Ban on all Illegal Farming Activities within the Premises of the University
The management of Federal University of Lafia, FULafia, has banned farming activities within the premises of the University.
According to the management, such activities constituted security risk to staff and students of Federal University of Lafia.
The order banning farming by staff and outsiders within the University was made public during a meeting, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of FULafia, Prof. Idris Amali, with the farmers.
The farmers included farmers both from the University and neighbouring communities including Gandu, Bukan Kwato and Tudun Kauri.
Amali stated that the University land was not acquired for farming, adding: “The land that belongs to the University is meant for the purposes of education, research and learning.”
He pointed out that as the institution develops, the need for new structures and expansion of some existing ones cannot be overemphasised.
He lamented the action of the farmers, saying that information was put out to them to desist from engaging in their activities this year but they ignored the warning.
“The farmers claim that they have not seen the memo before they decided to plant,” Amali regrettably said.
Amali warned people against accepting or leasing land from anyone in the University for the purposes of felling trees for either cooking or building, planting and or utilisation of existing economic trees.
He, however, stated that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Shehu Abdul Rahman, has “kindly given the farmers a window of grace to harvest their crops and, after that, they must desist from further use of the university land.”
In their separate responses, the farmers thanked the vice-chancellor for allowing them to harvest their crops.
In the same vein, the Chief security officer (CSO) of FULafia, Wing Commander Umar Awe, has said that new and improved security measures were put in place to secure the premises of the University.
He appealed to the farmers to register their presence at the University gate on daily basis before commencement of their farming activities.
“You should also sign on our register the time you are leaving the University,” he warned.