ASR Africa commences construction of research laboratory for Federal University, Lokoja

The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has commenced the construction of a research laboratory for the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State.

The project is in continuation of ASR Africa’s various strategic commitments to the nation’s tertiary education interventions. The laboratory is one of its many interventions under itsTertiary Education Grants Scheme (TEGS), drawn from ASR Africa’s US$100 million fund for social development and renewal.

Speaking at the groundbreaking event for the project, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, expressed his gratitude to the Ccairman of ASR Africa, Abdul Samad Rabiu for his benevolence towards the university. He stressed that the project would address the challenge of infrastructure deficit, especially in the area of research, facing the institution and provide a learning platform for discoveries, innovations and scientific advancement in physical and biological sciences.

In his response, the managing director of ASR Africa, Dr. Ubon Udoh, thanked the management and students of the university for the warm reception accorded to him and his team. He reiterated the commitment of the chairman to supporting quality education in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. He encouraged the management and students to ensure proper use and maintenance of the facility as a show of appreciation for the grant.

The ASR Africa grant and award process began in December 2022 and the confirmation of the university’s nomination was met with great joy by the university community. At that time, the Vice-Chancellor described the gesture as a Christmas/New Year gift from God to him and the University.The Tertiary Education Grant Scheme of the ASR Africa is a personal commitment of the Chairman of ASR Africaand BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, to give back to the African continent and to make an enduring impact in education as a means of uplifting and restoring the dignity and lives of Africans.

ASR Africa is the brainchild of African Industrialist, Philanthropist and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, was established in 2021 to provide sustainable, impact-based, homegrown solutions to developmental issues affecting Health, Education and Social Development within Africa.

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