No less that Forty-nine graduates of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, have bagged first class degree at the institution’s 39th convocation ceremony.
From a gathering of 11,731 graduating students, 2,697 were awarded Masters degree, while 289 were received their PhD degree.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar.
Buhari, in his speech, spoke of his plan to set up visitation panel aimed at ridding all 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.”
The president also urged the university to pay attention into agricultural research programmes in order to bring in more development into the sector.