The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria held its 41st Convocation Ceremony on Saturday as the institution awarded 15,787 graduates with degrees and diplomas while 81 students bagged First Class degree.
The convocation ceremony also saw the conferment of honourary doctorate degrees on Aliko Dangote and a former President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu.
Speaking at the event, President Muhammadu Buhari who is a Visitor to the university said one of the objectives of university education is to make meaningful contributions to nation building.
Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, PMB described knowledge as the key determinant of growth and development of nations in the 21st century.
He urged the graduating students to effectively utilize the knowledge they acquire from the institution for nation building.
“Remember that your parents, the university and indeed government at all levels have invested enormously in your education with the expectation that you will graduate and become useful to yourself and to the society.
“I want to urge you to justify the enormous investment made on you by dedicating yourselves to the values of scholarship and compulsive industrious work of nation building. On our part as government, leaders and parents, I assure you of continuous support and guidance as you brace up for your future engagements,” he stated.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, said out of the 15,787 graduating students, 4,984 earned higher degrees and diplomas and 10,803 bagged bachelor’s degrees.