The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) – the brainchild of Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder and Executive Chairman of BUA Group has today, awarded a N1billion infrastructure grant to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) as part of its 2021 Tertiary Education Grants Scheme. This was revealed at the grant presentation by the Management of ASR Africa to the Vice-Chancellor and council members of the University in Benin.
With this grant award, the University of Benin becomes the fifth Nigerian University to receive a grant award of 1billion Naira from the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grants Scheme drawn from its yearly $100million ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal. Previous 2021 grant awardees include the University of Maiduguri; University of Ilorin; the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Speaking during the Presentation, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director of ASR Africa, commended the university administration for their commitment to ensuring the highest standards in tertiary education at the University of Benin. He further added that the University of Benin was selected for the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grant using a variety of metrics including ranking, student population, gender inclusivity, amongst other criteria.
According to Udoh, “We are impressed with the level of commitment by the Management of the University of Benin in identifying viable projects for implementation under this grant. Over the next few weeks, we will review these identified projects within the ASR Africa project assessment and mutual accountability frameworks and we look forward to commencing project implementation as quickly as possible”.
In her reactions, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami thanked ASR Africa and its chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for the grant and noted that it will enable the institution meet pressing development needs which will positively impact the quality of education being delivered at the university. She further added that the school was looking to develop a University of Benin/ASR Africa ICT Centre with the grant. “The projects we have selected will have an impact on our students not just for now but even for posterity”, Prof. Salami added.
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