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Dangote, Sunmonu Bag ABU Honorary Degrees

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Billionaire business mogul and President of Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote and former President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu will be conferred with honorary doctorate degrees by Ahmadu Bello University at its 41st convocation ceremony scheduled to hold in Zaria on Saturday, April 27.

All the awardees will be recognized for their immense contribution to the overall development of Nigeria and humanity in general. Dangote will be conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters while Comrade Sunmonu is to be honoured with honorary Doctor of Science.

During the occasion Dangote will commission 10 blocks of student hostels consisting of 360 rooms at Site II of the university. The blocks of student hostels were constructed and donated by Dangote to alleviate the acute shortage of student accommodation in the university.

An itinerary for the institution’s 41st convocation ceremony made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday by the Public Affairs Directorate, Ahmadu Bello University said activities for the convocation would commence on Tuesday, April 23 with the unveiling of ABU new signage at the university’s Main gate and North gate all in Samaru, Zaria by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Garba.

Also on Tuesday, according to the itinerary, there would be a town and gown meeting where management staff as well as leaders and elders of the neighboring communities would discuss issues of mutual interest.

Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu is expected to commission a number of projects all over the university on Friday, April 26. The projects include a twin deanery building for faculties of physical and life sciences, Geology Department extension, ABU Business School extension, Biochemistry Department extension, Area G internal road and Site II entrance gate.

The Friday activities will be rounded off with a convocation lecture by former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. The lecture entitled ‘It’s all about the Human Capital … Stupid’ is to be chaired by Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed.

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