By Gid Ahanonu
The management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has expressed grave concern over last fortnight’s vandalisation of property on the project site of the institution.
Speaking to journalists in his office, the vice-chancellor, Professor Chigozie Asiabaka recalled the ugly incident came as a surprise, given the cordial relationship that has existed between the host communities and the authorities of FUTO.
The Vice-Chancellor who described the incident as “an act of lawlessness” said it was unfortunate and condemnable by the entire management of the institution.
He re-affirmed the unalloyed support of the entire university community to both the Vice-Chancellor and the management.
Reforming to the bone of contention, Prof. Asiabaka stated that no university official has the right to cede any part of FUTO land to anybody as it is a Federal government property, adding that they only have power to develop part of it for the university as the need arises.
It would be recalled that property worth N20 million were destroyed by ravaging youths from host communities of the institution.
Details of the said destruction of property and building projects were made known to newsmen by the managing director of a construction firm handling building projects on the campus site.
The managing director, Chief Eric Ifejika of Investment Industrial Amalgamation Ltd., said youths from the host communities swooped on the project sites and carted away valuable property of the company.
He said they were demanding adequate compensation for their land acquired, part of which, according to the youths, was paid to their fore fathers which had expired.