February 1, 2016
The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Garba has decried the lack of accommodation for students of the institution.
Garba, in his address at the 38th convocation ceremony of the university held at the main campus, Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday, bemoaned the fact that the university with a population of about 40,000 students has accommodation for only 11,000 students on its campuses.
He said, “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 VC however revealed that the institution was discussing 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,” he said.
Garba also stated in his address that the institution, in the 2013/2014 academic session, produced 305 Ph.D holders and 98 First Class degree holders.
He said: “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.”
Giving a breakdown, Garba said 89 students bagged First Class, those that made Second Class Upper were 2,086, Second Class Lower, 7,108, Third Class, 3,161, Pass, 262 with 443 others having unclassified degrees.
He added 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 enjoined the graduates to see themselves as members of the larger ABU family as they have been added to the list of alumni of the institution.
Garba stated that the institution had continued to diligently discharge its mandate of teaching, research innovation and community service.
“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 averred.