Farm­ers/herders clashes: ‘Stu­dents no longer pay school fees’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Provost of Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Katsi­naAla in Benue State, Prof. Mathias Nder has com­plained that some stu­dents of the in­sti­tu­tion could no longer pay their fees fol­low­ing in­ces­sant cri­sis be­tween the Fu­lani herders and farm­ers in the state.

“Some of our stu­dents can no longer pay their school fees be­cause their par­ents are af­fected by the in­ces­sant at­tacks re­sult­ing from Fu­lani herds­men in­sur­gency. Some par­ents have died while many oth­ers are now in­ter­nally dis­placed and so can­not af­ford school fees for their wards any longer,” Nder Siad.

The provost who re­it­er­ated that the in­sti­tu­tion was be­ing in­di­rectly af­fected in many ways by the in­ces­sant cri­sis be­dev­illing parts of the state, told jour­nal­ists in Makurdi that the chal­lenge needed to be ad­dressed ur­gently.

He ap­pealed to all Nige­ri­ans to view the in­sur­gency in­volv­ing herders as a na­tional prob­lem and rise in uni­son to con­demn it as well as prof­fer last­ing so­lu­tion that would be ben­e­fi­cial to all stake­hold­ers, main­tain­ing that ranch­ing re­mained the best way to rear­ing cat­tle.

Nder, while ap­plaud­ing the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Trust Fund (TETFUND) for in­fras­truc­tural in­vest­ment in the in­sti­tu­tion as well as spon­sor­ing of staff of the in­sti­tu­tion for both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the con­duct of stu­dents for the ab­sence of cult ac­tiv­i­ties in the school.

“We have not recorded any cult ac­tiv­ity on cam­pus since my com­ing on board in May 2015,” Nder said.

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