Cattle Grazing on Varsity Campuses across Nigeria: The UNIUYO Ultimatum

The frequent loitering of cattle in Nigeria university campuses is beginning to get public attention. The authorities of the University of Uyo (UNIYO), recently gave a two-week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to evacuate their cattle from the environment of the main campus of the university. The ultimatum which began on April 28, 2017 expires on May 11, 2017. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Enefiok Essien, gave the ultimatum at a meeting with the Fulani herdsmen.
The question is after the ultimatum what next? We are wandering why cattle have suddenly started enjoying grass in Universities? Does it have academic taste? We suggest that the best way to achieve peace between the herds men and University authorities is to ‘graduate’ the cattle that are seen on campuses. Any cattle seen in the university environment may actually need a degree otherwise why should they prefer university grass? Someone needs to do a research on this. Universities do not want problem with herdsmen. So herdsmen should respect the sanctity of the ivory tower and take the cattle elsewhere, except the cattle want a quick degree.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. yes the herdsmen should take the cows out of the school compound because this will make the compound to smell which will not be conducive for students.

  2. the vice chancellor should take quick action on this issue cause such thing will make the school compound not to be conducive.

  3. I really think it’s should be done that way because of distraction
    Quiz number:16
    Group number:15 A

  4. I think it’s a perfect idea because the University is a learning place not an arena of rearing castles. To avoid distraction and other things
    Quiz number:(18)
    Group number:15 A

  5. I think it’s a great idea because the University is a learning place not an arena of rearing castles. To avoid distraction it’s a perfect decision

    Quiz number:(18)
    Group number:15 A

  6. Okeke Chiamaka Gabriella Number:21

    The loitering of cattle in Nigeria University campuses is not proper actually the school Is a place for teaching and learning and not a place for rearing animal…
    GROUP 15A
    NO 21

  7. That’s a great idea concerning the movement of these creatures round our universities .yes they don’t rare animals in the campus, they train students in the campus.

    So that decision taken it’s
    accepted.

  8. fulani herds men to parade cattle in the school is a dangerous one, because it is a means they use to attack people, so they use to attack people so the safety of the student and staff of the school is better they leave the university environment as quick as possible, which the mangement of the school took a right decision by giving them a deadline to leave.

  9. Emechebe chiamaka precious

    The loitering of cattle in the school premises is not proper because the cattle are not there to learn. The vice chancellor should take serious and immediate action against it.
    GROUP 15A
    NO 24

  10. this is getting to much of the fulani herds men they can find a place to feed their cattle not to come in the school premises, it can also be a plan for them to monitor the school security and attack anytime this is seen as a threat to universities group 15 no 14

  11. onyinye grace nwankwo

    is not only making the school compound dirty but at the other hand… students lives will be in danger..

  12. I think it is a very good decision by the university

  13. this would cause a big problem let watch and see,for cattle and herdmens to be in a school environ
    group15
    quiz no27

  14. I think its good, they should look for free lands not school

  15. 2015054109 quiz no. 20

    The school authority should look into it because some of the caw is not the school own. so. some of the villages backed into the school with their caw even without permission

  16. chisom Janefrances

    it’s best for the VC to take a quick action concerning those herdsmen.students lives are in danger.

  17. Chukwurah Uzoamaka

    The school authority should do something concerning those herds men. They should find another place not school environment.

  18. Muotolum victoria

    for the safety of students, I think this case should be addressed

    quiz no:26

  19. Casmir Obiakor ONWA

    Hahaha. Indeed the cattles need to be given quick degree so Nigerian universities can enjoy ablosucity and environmental serenity. Ndi Hausa ike gwuru…

  20. Great idea
    Brilliant decision.

    The university is for learning not for rearing animals.

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