The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria would on Saturday confer honorary doctorate degrees on Alhaji Aliko Dangote and a former President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Adebayo Sunmonu.
The conferment is part of the 41st convocation ceremony of the university where 15,289 graduands would receive various degrees and diplomas.
A statement by the Registrar of the university, Ahmed Abdullahi Kundila, said Dangote and Comrade Sunmonu would be honoured for their immense contribution to the economic and human development of the nation.
Similarly, out of the 15,289 graduands, 10,803 would be awarded first degrees, while 4,486 are to receive PhDs and different categories of postgraduate degrees and diplomas.
Kundila further said 81 students graduated with First Class degrees, saying that 15 best graduating students from different faculties would also receive prizes.
It added: “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 honour, while Governor Nasir El-Rufai is to serve as the chief host.”