The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has announced its plan to confer doctorate degrees on Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangote, and a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu.
The duo would be conferred with the honorary degrees on Saturday, April 27, as part of the 41st convocation ceremony of the university where 15,289 grandaunts would receive various degrees and diplomas.
Daily Trust reports that the institution said this in a statement by its registrar, Ahmed Abdullahi Kundila.
The university said Dangote and Comrade Sunmonu are to be honored for their immense contribution to the economic and human development of the nation.
The statement said further that 10,803 out of the 15,289 grandaunts would be awarded first degrees.
A total of 4,486 will receive PhDs and different categories of postgraduate degrees and diplomas just as it said 81 students graduated with first class degrees.
“The event is scheduled for Mamman Kontagora Square on Saturday, 27th April, 2019. Activities include commissioning of a number of projects all over the university by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Friday and a Convocation Lecture at 3pm at the University Assembly Hall.
“The convocation will be rounded off with the commissioning of 10 blocks, consisting of 360 rooms, built at ABU Site II by Alhaji Aliko Dangote to alleviate the acute shortage of students accommodation and would be commissioned by Dangote himself.
“Also, three blocks of hostels constructed by the University under the NEEDS Assessment will be commissioned by His Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau.
“The Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari, will be the special guest of honor, while Governor Nasir El-Rufai is to serve as the chief host.”