For the first time since the establishment of department of Biochemistry in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria , 46 years ago, a graduate, Aliyu Dantani has broken the jinx in the department by earning a First Class Honours with a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate of 4.57 out of a maximum of 5.0.

With this, he became the first person to graduate with First class honours in the 46-year-old Department. Many have attempted to graduating with such class of degree but were not successful despite their strenuous efforts.


Aliyu Dantani, First to graduate with First Class from Biochemistry dept.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Kachalla-Baru, said at the occasion that he was impressed by the performance of 50 of the graduating students who had first class degree in different fields.

He announced NNPC’s scholarship up to PhD level for the overall best student with Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.93, Al-Amin Bashir-Bugaje from Electrical Engineering Department. “NNPC will sponsor him fully to wherever he wants to study in this world up to PhD. Level,” he said.


Left, Deendabai, Right, Al-amin Bugaje, Electrical Engineering Dept, ABU Best graduating student 2017.

Kachalla Baru said that NNPC had been at the forefront of fostering education in Nigeria.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the ABU Chancellor, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, said: “Since my installation as the Chancellor of this university on Nov. 1, 2015, I have found this university to be vibrant and promising. “It has enormous human and material resources and a number of specialised research institutes, particularly agro-based ones. “These institutes include the Institute for Agricultural Research, National Animal Production Research Institute and National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services.’’ He said that the institutes had over the years made significant contributions to the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy.