The Federal Government of Nigeria, accordinf to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has threatened to relocate the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), and some other government institutions experiencing crisis of land invasion to other states.
Mr. Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, stated this Abuja yesterday when the Governing Council of the institution visited him in the ministry.
The Perm Sec expressed worry on the spate of land encroachment in many government owned institutions located at various parts of Nigeria.
Echono stated that it was time for the Ministry of Education began to advice the FG on possible relocation of those institutions to prevent crisis.
“The issue of land encroachment of FUTO is a serious matter for us here at the ministry. I want to state for the benefit of the public that we are getting to a position where the sector is going to advise the government on possible relocation of federal facilities in communities that continued to be hostile.
“This is not limited to FUTO, there are a number of institutions, even our FG Colleges, where government acquired land and paid full compensation for some of these schools.
“For those rhat are located at the outskirt and as development catches with the school, people now imagine that land left for future expansion and growth should be carved out and used for residential building, and that is what put a lot of pressure on these facilities.
“Sometimes, the state government officials and traditional institutions are accomplices in these acts of selling land that belongs to federal institutions.
“We are at the point where we will begin to recommend that we relocate such facilities and return them to states that are willing to accept them,” Echono stated.
He promised to immediately look into the fencing of the institutions.