December 2, 2022

Karl Kumm University paid for trees not land – Host community

Karl Kumm University's license issues in April was suspended on Friday over prolonged disputes with host community

Central Nigerian Karl Kumm University which recently had its operational license suspended over disputes with its host community was built on a ‘gifted’ land, locals have said, reinforcing earlier claims of a right to appointments in the baby University.

The University proprietors – Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in 2005 signed a pact to build the institution on the community’s land free of charge, according to a local youth leader, Weng Emmanuel, in exchange for favours, Emmanuel said in a post on Facebook on Monday.

“COCIN is claiming they bought 33 hectares of land at 3 million Naira in 2005 Yet made a gratituous Gift of Land Agreement with the Host community in 2007 is this not a blunder? The so called phone Call and text message made by the reporter claiming that COCIN paid 38 million Naira in 2015 [2005] to who and For what purpose? Was it not For Economic trees?” says the post in a native group.

The Light Bearer newspaper, a publication of COCIN on Saturday reported that the Church bought the land for the University, justifying the withdrawal of an earlier appointment of a native Registrar, Daniel Kim which the community is claiming right to, based on a 2005 agreement.

The reasons given for the withdrawal of the appointment – Kim’s alleged non-disclosure of retirement status and a pending suit included, Emmanuel said are “frivolous”.

“Whose fault led to the Emergence of Dr. Daniel Dung Kim, was it the interviewers or the interviewed? Was there any interview at all? If yes, why did the interview panelists never unravelled the so called undiscovered 3 claims if they are that competent enough? Is this not showing their gross incompetence? Should they not be sacked for exhibiting such incompetence?” said the youths who have kept the University locked since June, causing the withdrawal of its certificate last Friday.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State who confirmed the withdrawal at the launch of a book by the COCIN President on Saturday called for urgent steps to solve the conflicts.

“On the recently approved Karl Kumm University Vom, the Governor urged the leadership of COCIN which is the proprietor of the Institution to step in and resolve pending issues with the host community which are threatening the take off of the school,” said a press statement from the Governor’s Director of Press, Makut Simon.