The authorities of the University of Abuja have said a committee has been constituted by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory and the institution to stop the incursion of the herdsmen into the campus areas .
The UniAbuja Vice Chancellor , Prof . Michael Adikwu , stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Monday , while reacting to students ’ worry about the incursion of the herdsmen into academic and residential areas .
The students , through the Student Union President , Abdulaziz Ola , had in April said the herdsmen constituted a security risk, noting that students were no longer comfortable with herdsmen on the campus .
The SUG president had urged the FCT minister to act swiftly on the matter .
The VC said on Monday that there were four grazing locations to , according to the minister , relocate the herdsmen to , adding that the university was also proposing a meeting with the herdsmen to avoid the students ’ residential areas .
He said , “As far as herdsmen are concerned , it is a very difficult thing . What we have done is to write to the security agencies to come and help us . We went to the Gwagwalada Local Government Area and we were told that the herdsmen were brought here because they had communal clashes with natives in other areas .
“ I have mentioned this issue to the FCT minister and we have a committee working on it. The minister has also said there is a place called Pai where they will eventually take the herdsmen to . He said there were four grazing sites where the herdsmen would be taken to . So , we are hopeful about the relocation . I also mentioned this issue to the present governing council to stimulate the government so that the herdsmen can be removed from our campus .
“ I personally will call the head of the herdsmen and talk to them. Even if they want to use our campus , they should move far away from the students ’ areas . ”
The VC , who also spoke on the challenges and successes in his three years in office , said the projection was to have strong structures in the institution , and to partner the alumni community.
He said , “ If we have very strong structures and human capacity is built , then whatever we do will last for a long time . ”