ABU Nursing Department graduates two first-class students, the second time this is happening since the department’s inception in 1997.
Usman Usman Mohammed and Abdullahi Muhammad Bello, both from the class of 2022 have graduated with first-class degrees with CGPA of 4.66 and 4.55 respectively from the Ahmadu Bello University, Department of Nursing Science.
This is a great accomplishment worth celebrating as it is almost impossible to graduate with a first-class degree in most public schools.
In an interview with the graduates, Usman Usman Mohammed has this to say on what his motivations were: “In 2016 when I got admission into ABU, I was lucky to have met my namesake, Usman Usman who holds the record for being the first to graduate with a first-class from the department. I wanted to follow in his steps and I decided that I would use the same strategy he used. I also had support from my family, course mates, and other professional colleagues.”
The 33-year-old was not hesitant to share the strategies he employed to achieve this feat. According to him, “determination, prayers, and commitment to studying right from day one have been the foundation. I attended lectures, listened attentively, prepared well for my tests and exams, consulted other sources and study materials outside the lecturers’ handouts and I had good time management too; sharing my time to include periods of rest, Islamic recitation, and entertainment.”
Abdullahi Muhammad Bello, 34 years old, added that he was able to achieve this by setting goals and objectives that were achievable. In his words, “if other departments are having first-class graduates, why not nursing?” He maintained his CGPA by reading to understand the course content, not just to pass the test or exam.
Their advice to students who want the same result is to stay committed to studying, give maximum concentration to their studies, be prayerful, and remain optimistic to actualize their dream for indeed, 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙 𝑛𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑚.
“Education is the backbone of every development. Let us try our best to have better education which will help us maintain excellence in Nursing education and practice.” – Nr. Abdullahi Muhammad Bello [RN, RM, RNAs, RPN, BNSC]
Abdullahi Muhammad Bello
Reported by Halimatu Abdullahi
NUNSA national Editor-in-chief