*273 bag First Class, 5,647 Second Class Upper
*Boss Mustapha to give pre-convocation lecture
By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria will present a total of 35,758 graduands for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 sessions for conferment of first degrees, postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees at its 42nd/Diamond Jubilee Convocation billed to hold on Saturday January 28, 2023.
According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs Directorate, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Auwalu Umar, dated Friday January 20, 2023, the number, released along with other activities lined up for the convocation by the institution’s
Registrar, Malam Rabiu Samaila, comprises the following:
a) 8,842 higher degrees (869 Ph.D; 60 M.Phil; 6,179 Masters; and 1,734 Postgraduate Diplomas
b) 26,916 Bachelors Degrees (out of which 273 have First Class, 5,647 Second Class Upper Division,
17,567 Second Class Lower Division, 2,899 Third Class Honours, 45 Pass degrees, and 485 unclassified degrees).
Also, four outstanding personalities will be conferred with the institution’s honorary doctorate
degrees for their immeasurable contribution to humanity.
The honorary degree awardees include former military governor of old Kano State Col. Sani Bello
(Rtd) and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Ms. Amina Jane Mohammed.
Others are former Bursar of Ahmadu Bello University Alhaji
Muhammadu Inuwa Jibo and Katsina-based philanthropist Hajiya Fatima Lami Usman Kurfi.
The Visitor to Ahmadu Bello University. His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the
President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will be the
Special Guest of Honour at the occasion.
His Excellency, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, OFR, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, will be
the Chief Host, while His Highness, Malam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, CFR, the Emir of Zazzau, will be the
Royal Father of the day.
There will be a pre-convocation lecture scheduled to hold at ABU’S CBN Centre for Economics and Finance Auditorium at 4pm on Friday, 27th January, 2023.
The lecture, entitled “The Impact of Man-Made and Natural Disasters on Food Security and Agricultural Development in Nigeria”, will be
delivered by Mr. Boss G. Mustapha, CFR, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Mr. Hubert Wigwe, CON, the Managing Director, Access Bank PLC, will chair the lecture presentation.
Other activities lined up for the convocation include a public lecture scheduled to take place on
Tuesday, 24th January, 2023.
The lecture, which is to be presented by an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi, will hold at the institution’s CBN Centre for
Economics and Finance Auditorium.
Prof. Olukoshi, a distinguished researcher and scholar at Wits School of Governance, University of
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, will speak on “Nigeria: Character Builds a Nation, Dignity
On the eve of the convocation, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, the Executive
Governor, Sokoto State, will commission a block of
offices at the Faculty of Engineering constructed by
the Sokoto State government.
Also that very day, Arc. S. Echono, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, will commission two projects at the Department of Soil Science and Department of
Biology executed by the TETFund.
Collection of academic gowns will begin on Monday, 23rd January, 2023 at Faculty offices, and
that graduands should go to their respective faculties to collect the gowns.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, invites all graduands, parents, guardians, and members of the
public to the 42nd Diamond Jubilee Convocation billed to hold at Mamman Kontagora Square, ABU
Main Campus, Samaru, Zaria at 10:00am on Saturday, 28th January, 2023.