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Nigerian governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari is presented with honorary doctorate from UEL

UEL graduation ceremony

The governor’s accomplishments include eradicating polio from Zamfara State and improving education facilities 

A Nigerian governor who eradiated polio from his state has been given an Honorary Doctorate of Social Sciences by the University of East London (UEL). 

Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari (pictured, second left) governor of Zamfara State, was presented with the honour at a graduation ceremony for students from the University’s College of Professional Services. The ceremony took place on 22 November at ExCeL London.  

Governor Yari said, “This honour is a welcomed recognition, but also a responsibility and renewed impetus to live up to the high standards for which I have been recognised today.  

“I look forward to working more closely with the University of East London in the future, in our mutual concern for the education of future generations.”

A native of Zamfara State, North West Nigeria, Governor Yari focused his university studies on teaching and secretarial and public administration. Interested in furthering the common good, he entered the teaching profession, followed by politics.

He has been governor of Zamfara State since 2011.

As governor, his accomplishments include building a 7,000-capacity teacher training centre in the state’s capital, Gusau, as well as 4,000 new classroom blocks. He also provided training for 3,000 new teachers.

He has worked with partners like the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His achievements in the area of health include eradicating polio from his state, for which he was awarded a $1 million prize from the Dangote Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In May 2015, he was re-elected as governor. That same year he was elected chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

Governor Yari told UEL students, “As we celebrate this graduation today, remember that hard work and generosity can provide us with other ‘graduation moments’ of similar excitement and seriousness. I think back to the first time I stood for public office as one such moment in my own life."

Governor Yari is pictured above, centre, with UEL Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Amanda Broderick (left); Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Geoff Thompson (second from right), and UEL Chancellor, Mr Shabir Randeree (right).