The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, has awarded 89 first class degrees and 305 Ph.Ds for the 2013/2014 academic session.
Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Ibrahim Garba, announced this at the 38th convocation ceremony of the university held at the main campus, Samaru, Zaria.
A total of 13,149 first degrees and 4,598 higher degrees and diplomas were also conferred to deserving graduates for the 2013/2014 academic session.
Garba gave a breakdown of the degrees as First Class, 89 persons; Second Class Upper, 2,086; Second Class Lower, 7,108; Third Class, 3,161; Pass, 262; and 443 Unclassified Degrees.
He said that Higher Degrees and Diplomas include 305 Ph.Ds; 2,669 Masters of Arts and Masters of Science; and 1,624 Post Graduate Diplomas.
The Vice Chancellor reminded the graduates that they had been added to the list of alumni of the university and should therefore see themselves as members of the larger ABU family, adding that the university had continued to discharge its mandate of teaching, research innovation and community service diligently.
“The university had from its inception, continued to train men and women without any distinction on grounds of race, religion or political beliefs. It has remained the most national in character in the Nigerian university system.”
According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeris (NAN), Garba however lamented that the university, with a population of about 40,000 students, has accommodation for only 11,000 students on its campus.
“It is important to note that the growth of student population is not accompanied by any addition of hostels in the last 35 years, while the existing ones have been degraded over time.”
The V-C said discussions were on with private investors to build more hostels through public-private partnership.
“A huge donation was yesterday pledged by Alhaji Aliko Dangote to build 10 hostels for ABU. This is unprecedented and has certainly come at the right time.”