BUK honorary degree not for sale –VC

Punch Newspapers / Taiwo Ojoye / 1 hour ago

Ted Odogwu, Kano

The Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Muhammad Bello, has said that honorary degrees awarded by the institution are not for sale but for deserving and outstanding Nigerians.

Bello, who made the clarification during a pre-convocation  briefing held at the institution on Monday, added that the  Senate and Governing Council of the University had decided not to award honorary degrees to personalities at the convocation ceremony, scheduled to hold next week.

The vice-chancellor said, “Going by the rule of the university, anybody who seeks a honorary degree from BUK is automatically disqualified. It is not for sale. A number of people have approached us directly or indirectly, but we turned down their request.

“In order to maintain the high value and honour associated with such degrees, Bayero University senate and council have been limiting the number of honorees, and the years when such awards are made.”

However, he disclosed that BUK would award various degrees and post-graduate diplomas to 8, 634 graduands, with 72 First Class graduates, including 5, 401 Bachelor degrees, 70, PhDs 1, 833 Masters Degrees and 656 Post-graduate Diploma certificates.

According to him, in line with international best practices, the convocation ceremony will hold between April 3 and April 7, with the convocation lecture themed Leadership, Security, Democracy, and Development Challenges in Africa: Reflections by a Scholar-Diplomat, to be delivered on Friday, April 6 by the Pro-Chancellor of the University and former Permanent Representative to the United Nnations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, under the chairmanship of Ambassador Alhaji Shehu Malami (Sarkin Sudan).

Furthermore, he noted that in 2017 all the programmes that the university presented for accreditation by regulatory and professional bodies were approved. They include 15 undergraduate and eight postgraduate programmes.

He added, “The university has maintained its tradition of inclusiveness and of being cosmopolitan in nature. About 8, 600 newly admitted undergraduate students were inducted into the BUK family last week. It may interest you to note that these new students come from each and every state of the federation (including the Federal Capital Territory), as well as from some foreign countries.”

He listed the challenges confronting the university to include scarcity of water, lack of adequate funding and inability of students to pay registration fees.

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