By Mustapha Yauri, Zaria.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, says it will confer honorary doctorate degrees on four distinguished Nigerians at its 42nd/Diamond Jubilee Convocation on Jan. 28.
A statement issued by Malam Auwalu Umar, Director, Public Affairs, of ABU said that the degree awardees included former military governor of the old Kano State, retired Col. Sani Bello.
Others are the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr Amina Mohammed; former Bursar of ABU, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa-Jibo and Katsina-based philanthropist, Hajiya Fatima Kurfi.
Auwal said that His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, the Chancellor of ABU, would confer the honorary degrees on the awardees at the upcoming convocation ceremony.
He said that the decision by the institution to confer the honorary degrees on the illustrious Nigerians followed recommendation of the Honorary Degrees Committee to the Senate of the institution.
He added that the Senate approved the committee’s recommendation and forwarded it to the Governing Council of the university, which finally approved the conferment of the honorary degrees.
“Col. Sani Bello (Rtd), who was a military governor of old Kano State in 1977, is to be conferred with a Doctor of Science Degree (D.Sc.)
“As a former governor, he established the two famous Science Secondary Schools in Dawakin Kudu and Dawakin Tofa, whose products have continued to make positive impact nationally and globally,” he said.
The director added that Bello, now a community leader and an educationist in his native town of Kontagora in Niger State, established Mustapha Comprehensive School and Sani Bello Vocational Training Centre as a philanthropic gesture.
He said that the centre had provided over 3,000 youths with specialised skills, including 418 persons with special needs.
According to him, Sani Bello Foundation has also provided free medical outreach to more than 7,000 beneficiaries and over 5,000 scholarships to indigent students in public universities.
Besides, Umar said that the university would confer a Doctor of Law Degree (LL.D) on the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, Ms Amina Mohammed.
He noted that Mohammed was a former Minister of Environment, who then steered Nigeria’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.
He said as a Special Adviser to the then Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2012, she championed the global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Auwal said that the former Bursar of ABU, Alhaji Muhammadu Jibo, was to be honoured with a Doctor of Literature Degree (D.Litt) for being a humanitarian person who had demonstrated a track record of honesty above personal gains.
Hajiya Fatima Kurfi will be conferred with a Doctor of Education Degree (D.Ed.) for being a philanthropist and dogged advocate of girl-child education.
“Her efforts in this regard culminated in her setting up a school in her hometown of Kurfi in Katsina State, which provides a mixture of Western and Islamic education,” he said.