Forty nine persons graduated with First Class degree at the 39th convocation of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, which held yesterday. At the ceremony where 11,731 students graduated, 2,697 students obtained Masters degree, while 289 were awarded PhD degree.
Speaking at the event, President Muhammad Buhari said a visitation panel would soon be constituted to rid universities of corruption.
“The visitation panel would look into the financial management of the institutions, including statutory allocations and the internally generated funds for the period under review. The visitation panel would also determine whether all application of funds were in compliance with procurement regulations.
“I wish to therefore appeal to the management of all Nigerian universities to ensure best practices in the conduct of the affairs of the institutions. I wish to also commend the Ahmadu Bello University for being outstanding in the maintenance of federal character in the composition of its staff and students,” Buhari said.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar, President Buhari urged ABU to pay more attention to agricultural researches, as the sector was key to the diversification agenda of his administration.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ibrahim Garba, recounted some of the recent achievements of the university, including construction of one-barrel per day crude oil refinery, formulation of anti-malaria drug, development of efficient crop varieties and infrastructural development.