The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria yesterday awarded 15,787 persons degrees and diplomas with 81 students graduating with First Class degree.
The events also saw the conferment of honourary doctorate degrees on Alhaji Aliko Dangote and a former President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu.
Speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the cardinal objectives of universities is to make meaningful contributions to nation building.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rashid, Buhari described knowledge as the key determinant of growth and development of nations in the 21st century.
Buhari urged the graduating students to effectively utilize the knowledge they acquire from the university for nation building.
He added: “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 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.”
The Chancellor of the University, Chief Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, expressed delight over the quality of human resource from the university.
He said the intellectual prowess of the lecturers and the sustained effort of the management to re-position the university was responsible for the obvious quality of graduates of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Ibrahim Garba, said out of the 15,787 graduating students, 4,984 earned higher degrees and diplomas and 10,803 bagged bachelor’s degrees.