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ABU has always been great

and we always will strive to make it even greater!

The University was established in 1962 by the Premier of the then Northern Region of Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardaunan Sokoto, after whose name the University is named. Nigeria at that time operated a parliamentary system of government and structured along regions, out of which Northern Nigeria was the biggest of the four (4) regions. The first set of degree holders graduated from the University in 1965. The degree courses were of three years duration at that time, and fashioned along the British university educational system. Britain had colonised Nigeria for sixty (60) years from 1900 till independence in 1960.

Later in years, the Regional system of Government gave way to Federation units made up of the present State structure and with the Northern Region broken down to nineteen (19) States out of the thirty six (36) making up the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is the largest African country, presently with two hundred million people. With the Federal structure in place, and as a result of some major realignment of the educational system in the country, the University was taken over by the Federal Government and catering for all students in terms of admission and staff enrolment from all parts of Nigeria as it had actually been doing from inception. The difference at the time of the take-over, as it is now, is that the funding of the University and similar ones established by the other regions too is by the Federal Government. There are now no fewer than 180 Federal, States and privately-owned universities in Nigeria. ABU is the largest of all the universities in Nigeria and the entire West African region, with student enrolment of close to sixty thousand (60,000), and along with four others are referred to as first generation universities in Nigeria. The National Universities Commission (NUC), a parastatal of the Federal Government under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education, is saddled with the responsibilities regulating and controlling University education in Nigeria in all aspects and ramifications.

(3) The formation of the ABU Alumni Association started sometimes in the early part of the 80's in Zaria, where the University is located, and Lagos, the then seat of the Federal Government being among the leading branches. It was not until 2002 when a unified Constitution of the Association was drafted and passed by the General Assembly which is the highest organ of the Association.
The summary of the objectives behind the formation of the ABU Alumni Association is not in any way different from what obtained in other climes, and this includes;

  • Raising the prestige and good name of the University;
  • Meditating in times of disputes involving any component of the University; and
  • Resources mobilisation from the many distinguished members of the Alumni Association and/or their friends towards augmenting the University management’s expenditure in advancing learning, teaching, research and development and community services in the University.
The above are possible through the identification and mobilising of our many alumni members in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.


(4)The organs of the Association are as follows:

  • The National Executive Committee (NEC) made up of elected officials by the General Assembly, and who run the affairs of the Association from the National Secretariat of the Association in the Main Campus of the University in Zaria;
  • The Board of Trustees (BoT) made up of twelve (12) distinguished members of the Association elected by the General Assembly;
  • The Branch Executive Committees (BECs) in each of the 36 States of Nigeria as well as those in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja and the Zaria branch;
  • The Faculty-based Chapters that are domiciled within the present sixteen faculties of the University;
  • The National Consultative Council (NCC) made up of NEC members, two representatives from the BECs, a representative of the Faculty-based Chapters and the Alumni Relations Officer of the University;
  • The International Branches: so far there are the USA Branch inaugurated on 30th September , 2017 in New Jersey and the UK&Ireland Branch inaugurated on 6th October, 2018 in London; and
  • The Annual General Assembly(AGA), which meets annually and is made up members of NEC, the BoT, ten delegates from each of the BECs, two members from the Faculty based Chapters and one representative from each of the International Branches.
The present NEC was elected in 2015 and its tenure will end in April, 2020.

(5) The present NEC had embarked on many projects and programmes for the benefit of the University and the Alumni Association. The major ones are;

  • The building of the Overhead Pedestrian Bridge at the North gate of the Main Campus, Zaria;
  • The intra-city buses shuttle service scheme between the Main Campus and Kongo Campus of the University both in Zaria to ease transportation challenges being experienced by students on both campuses;
  • The Laptop Computer Loan Scheme which enables students of the University access to a unit of laptop and to pay within three years or six semesters;
  • The construction of the 104 self-contained units of the Postgraduate Students Hostel Project at the Site 2 of the Main Campus presently suspended due to lack of funds;
  • The nation-wide tour of the States of the Federation from 2017 to 2018 where members of NEC had interactive sessions with Alumni members towards reactivation and/or reinvigorating the branches and improving membership drive;
  • The sponsorship of capacity building workshop for thirty seven (37) Deans and Directors of the University on aspects of human resources and financial management which was anchored by resource persons from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo, Badagry, Lagos State;
  • The Water Reticulation Works at Kongo campus which will enable more than 400 staff housing units with portable water from the Zaria Public Water Corporation;
  • The publication and public presentation of Volumes 1 and 2 of the book: "A Compendium of Distinguished ABU Alumni Members: The Authoritative Book On Nigeria's Leadership Factory";
  • Collation and publication of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of the A.B.U Alumni Information Fliers;
  • This capacity building retreat in the USA for the members of the National Executive Committee to interface with sister University Alumni Associations which is the first in the history of the Association and indeed any University Alumni Association in Nigeria to the United States, etc

(6) In concluding this brief remark, it is necessary for me to state categorically the purpose of this visit. The NEC of the ABU Alumni Association is desirous of learning about the best global practices in terms of intervention to a University by its Alumni Association; and undoubtedly the place for such is no other than the United States of America.

As a public university among other public universities in Nigeria, the allocation from the Federal Government, the internally generated revenues garnered mainly from fees paid by students and from other investments and/or companies owned by the University and consultancies, the amounts are hardly enough for the management in maintaining smooth operations in the departments, faculties, research institutes in the Universities and it is the belief of the NEC for the Association to intervene as appropriate.

We are indeed appreciative for being given this rare privilege of this visit to your organization and the warm reception accorded to members of my entourage. We are most grateful and I thank you for listening and for your rapt attention.

Prof. Ahmed Tijjani Mora, mni
(Wakilin Maganin Zazzau)

National President, ABU Alumni Association &anmp;


Our Aims and Objectives

The Aims and Objectives of the Association Shall Be:

Promote the University

Promote the welfare, standards, prestige and good name of the University.

Encourage Relationships

Encourage a close relationship between the University Authorities, the Staff, the Students, the Association and the General Public.

Assist the University

Provide assistance to the various components of the University.

Charitable Causes

Provide services and donations to Charities, religious, educational organizations and other non-profit making bodies.

Cooperative Linkages

Explore cooperation with organizations that have similar aims and objectives within and outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Scholarship Schemes

Institute a scholarship scheme and provide financial assistance to the needy, but educationally outstanding students.

Support Teaching

Encourage members to individually and collectively support teaching and other activities in the University.

Mutual Self-Help

Promote cooperative spirit amongst members and encourage mutual self-help.

Seminars & Workshops

Organize from time to time, seminars conferences, workshops, symposia, lectures and other similar activities for the articulation of common problems relating to the development of the society.

Attain National Development

Undertake all such other things as are lawful, necessary and conducive to the attainment of the ideals of the Association and the development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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