The University of Ibadan has just received a pledge of N1 billion for infrastructure upgrade. The Chairman, BUA Group, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, donated up to N1 billion to the university during his courtesy visit to the acting Vice-chancellor, Prof. Adetola Ekanola in his office in this just-concluded week.
Alhaji Rabiu, the initiator of AbdulSamad Rabiu Initiative (ASR Africa), represented by Dr Aliyu Idi Hong, the Director, Government Relations, Bua Group, said the annual ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal is an intervention initiative of ASR Africa, targeted at impactful and sustainable interventions in Social Development, Health and Education in Africa. He stressed that the donation is made to the “University of Ibadan in recognition of the quality services delivered by your institution and the pedigree of graduates nationally and internationally.”
Dr Hong said: “AbdulSamad Rabiu Initiative (ASR) is a foundation that was established by Alhaji AbdulSamad Rabiu towards giving back to the society. The Chairman/Founder of this initiative is a very patriotic Nigerian who believes in the continued development of Nigeria. After building wealth through diligence and hard work, he deemed it fit to give back to the society, to improve the quality of life of Nigerians and Africans.”
The Acting VC, in accepting the donation, thanked the Chairman of AbdulSamad Rabiu Initiative and the entire Group for the wonderful intervention in a statement by the University’s Director of Public Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo.
He said: “the donation will go a long way in empowering the University to be more efficient and effective in her activities that are related to teaching, research and community service.”
Prof. Ekanola further said the donation will empower the institution to train its students for global relevance and competitiveness.
He told the benefactor that the University of Ibadan is a high-ranking world-class institution with a vision of sustainable development for the society, saying that the University looks for a continuous relationship with ASR Initiative.