The University of Jos has picked Nigerian international footballer, Nwankwo Kanu, along with two foundations, for awards at its convocation on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 11,373 students of the university will be graduating at the 25th convocation of the university.
The vice chancellor, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, at a pre convocation news briefing on Monday in Jos, said that Kanu would be conferred with a Master of Arts Degree ``Honoraris Causa'' by the university.
He said that the foundations to be honoured were the Carnegie Corporation of New York and T.Y. Danjuma Foundation.
``The conferment of honorary Master’s degree on Kanu is in recognition, not only for his outstanding achievements in the field of sports, but also for his exemplary contributions toward the rehabilitation of many indigent Nigerian children.
``Similarly, the choice of the two foundations were borne out of the kind heartedness of two distinguished and accomplished individuals, Andrew Carnegie and General Theophilus Danjuma,'' he said.
Mafuyai said that the two foundations had done a lot for the university through many of their multi-million naira projects executed over the years.
``If other wealthy individuals can take a cue from the duo, Nigerian universities will be better off in their academic programmes.
He said that out of a total of 11,373 graduating students, 699 will be awarded Masters degree, 55 doctorate degrees, 10, 449 are graduating with first degrees.
In the first degree category, five are First Class, 637 Second Class Upper and 4, 953 Second Class Lower.
He said that the convocation ceremony would start on Tuesday with a novelty football match between Deans/Directors and UNIJOS women at the staff school football field.
Mafuyai said that Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo would be delivering the convocation lecture entitled: ``The Imperatives of Good Governance in Nigeria’’.
He assured the public of their safety, stressing that adequate security would be provided throughout the ceremony.