The School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria yesterday matriculated 7,537 postgraduate students out of the 10,933 applicants.
The Dean of the SPGS, Professor Sani Abdullahi, disclosed this during the matriculation ceremony for the 2019/2020 academic session.
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He said out of the 7,537 admitted students, only 5,360 completed their registration out of which 679 are Ph.D. students, 109 MPhil students, 3,621 Master’s Degree students and 951 Post Graduate Diploma students.
He added that 3,869 are males, while only 1,136 females, saying that the ceremony ought to have taken place in the first quarter of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shift in the date.
He said: “I want to admonish the students to shun all forms of social vices such as cultism, indecent dressing, examination malpractice, sexual misbehaviour, fraudulent acts and any anti-social behaviour that could mar your future.”
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Professor Kabiru Bala, urged the students to honour the tenets of the matriculation oaths, advising the students to adapt to the “new way of doing things as necessitated by the COVID-19, especially interacting with the university via numerous organs of the SPGS website, social media handles and call centre for your needs, inquiry and support.”