In a country where most graduates go home with 3rd class degrees and a pass, and University lecturers “withhold” marks like Brent oil, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, has been generous with degree certification. The Vice-Chancellor of ABU Zaria, an address at the 38th convocation ceremony, said the institution produced 305 Ph.D holders and 98 First Class degree holders in 2013/2014 academic session.
The Chancellor, Egwe, Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu will in today’s convocation ceremony, confer a total of 13,149 First Degrees and 4,598 Higher Degrees and Diplomas to deserving graduates for the 2013/2014 academic session,” says Mr. Garba.
He gave the breakdown as follows; First Class, 89 persons, Second Class Upper, 2,086, Second Class Lower, 7,108, Third Class, 3,161, Pass, 262 and 443 Unclassified Degrees. According to him Higher Degrees and Diplomas include; 305 Ph.Ds., 2,669 Masters of Arts and Masters of Science and 1,624 Post Graduate Diplomas.
In his speech, Mr. Garba 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, by representing the school well and making them proud at the long run. He said the university had continued to discharge its mandate of teaching, research innovation and community service diligently, and would do its best to award deserving degrees to students.
“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,” he said.
Although he lamented that the university lacks accommodation for its over 40,000 students, as the campus can only accommodate 11,000 students. He said private investors are welcome to the school with regards to building more hostels for students through public-private partnership.
“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. 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,” he said.
As a matter of fact, this record of producing a good number of first class graduate is a window to attract more “Jambites” (a slang used in Nigeria to refer to those who are still seeking admission into tertiary institutions) into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.