Edo, Sokoto, 2 others gets ASR Africa N10billion grant


The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), brainchild of industrialist, philanthropist and BUA Group Founder, Abdul Samad Rabiu has announced that it is expanding its 2021 programme with a 10billion Naira grant towards healthcare interventions in four states – Ogun, Sokoto, Kwara and Edo States.

Speaking on the new grant, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director of ASR Africa said, “Since the inception of the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative and its 100million Dollars Africa Fund for Social Development, we have identified key development needs in Healthcare, Education and Social Development within Nigeria and the African continent at large, and commenced implementation of some of these projects.

In addition to this and based on our sub-national healthcare needs assessment, ASR Africa has now decided to commit 2.5billion Naira each to four states within Nigeria – Ogun, Kwara, Sokoto and Edo States.”

According to him, this expanded grant will be dedicated towards HealthCare Interventions from Maternal & Child Health to Health Infrastructure, capacity development amongst others.

“We will develop mutual accountability frameworks with the state implementation teams after which fifty percent of the grant will be disbursed immediately to commence implementation of the projects.

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The remaining fifty percent will be released in line with agreed delivery milestones” Ubon added

ASR Africa had in May provided a N5billion grant to the Akwa Ibom State Government targeted at healthcare and social development.

Speaking at the presentation, Kabiru Rabiu, representing the Chairman of ASR Africa and BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, commended Governor Udom for his strides in upgrading the State healthcare infrastructure and referral system at the Primary and Secondary levels, as well as the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic  for which the BUA Foundation donated 5 ambulances and 50,000 reusable facemasks during the pandemic, and  which were distributed to students and vulnerable groups across the state.

He disclosed that the project initiation process and development of mutual accountability frameworks to guide the grant usage will commence immediately whilst adding that ASR Africa has also approved the immediate and initial disbursement of N2.5billion from the total sum to a jointly managed fund guaranteeing the commencement of the programme.

Established in 2021, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative seeks to support sustainable development initiatives in the Health, Education and Social Development within Nigeria and the rest of Africa, every year.