Ahmadu Bello University held its 37th Convocation Ceremony on Saturday 22nd November, 2014, at the institution’s Sport Complex, in Samaru, Zaria.

The convocation for the 2012/2013 session for the award of first degrees, postgraduate degrees and honorary doctorate degrees to distinguished Nigerians who have contributed immensely to the development of the University, started with the traditional academic procession.

The Chancellor of the University, His Eminence, The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, declared the convocation open.

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdullahi Mustpha, welcomed the Visitor, President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and all distinguished guests to the occasion.

Professor Abdullahi Mustapha stated that the University had consolidated on the progress made over the years by taking steps to ensure quality by having individual programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), while recognizing the optimum importance of partnership at all levels in repositioning the University to meet international best practice.

The Vice Chancellor further reiterated his desire to reposition the University as one of the best in the Sub-Saharan Africa, in teaching, learning and research, through increased collaboration and linkages with other institutions both within and outside the country.

He said his administration recorded some remarkable improvement in the areas of library upgrading into a world-class one with adequate ICT facilities that would link students to other universities around the globe.

He said the University recently reviewed its staff development policies which he said were geared towards encouraging career development and capacity building so as to facilitate the production of competent graduates that would enhance national development.

Professor Abdullahi Mustapha said concerted efforts were being made towards forging national and international collaborations with other institutions to strengthen both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in the University with emphasis on research. The Vice Chancellor also acknowledged the University’s team of researchers that made some breakthroughs in the Petrol Chemical Development, Animal Science and Institutes of Agricultural Research for the various breakthroughs they all made that would assist in the further advancement of the nation.

He stressed the need for all stakeholders of the University to support the institution to develop further. He applauded the efforts of the Federal Government for the support to facilitate the multibillion naira dredging of the ABU Dam Project, the Mac-Arthur Foundation, Kano, Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto State Governments for all their supports to the University.

Professor Mustapha congratulated the graduates for the successful completion of their studies in the University and urged them to be good ambassadors of the ABU, and to also sacrifice their time and energy to the service of humanity.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, representing the Visitor, His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan, said his admiration was committed to uplift the standards of living of the teaming Nigerian youth, through the various skills and employment opportunities created by the government.

Mallam Shekarau, while commending the University for building an enabling environment for teaching and learning, expressed delight over the University’s derive to attain excellence as the forefront University to fulfill its mandate in graduating over 600,000 men and women, without discrimination to race, creed, colour and gender.

The Minister urged the University’s stakeholders to continue to maintain the values which would make the University to standout and remain an enviable centre, while congratulating the graduates who had excelled in their various fields of learning.

A total of 14,067 students graduated. They include 33 first class, 1,273 passed out with second class upper, about 5,064 with second class lower. While 2,287 passed out with third class and 392 with unclassified degrees.

Others were 360 PhDs, 2,339 masters and 2,136 postgraduate diplomas.



Posted by: Ahmed Zakaria, ON Tuesday 27th of January 2015