By Ola Akanni
The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has given a N1 billion grant to the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) towards the development of a Centre for Innovation and Product Development at the institution’s Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (UM-CEED) Complex.
The intervention was ASR Africa’s first cohort of Tertiary Education Grants Scheme.
Speaking at the presentation of the grant award by ASR Africa to the University management in Maiduguri, Aliyu Idi Hong, who represented the Chairman of ASR Africa and BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, said the ASR Africa Initiative had already begun the disbursement of its tertiary education grants to the six universities in its first cohort with the University of Maiduguri being the third to benefit after Ahmadu Bello University, and University of Ibadan.
He further disclosed that the project initiation process and development of mutual accountability frameworks to guide the grant usage for the University’s Centre for Innovation and Product Development would commence immediately.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba praised the Founder of the Initiative, Rabiu, for his consistent commitment to social good and philanthropy.
The Vice-Chancellor also extolled the good works ASR Africa was doing in various communities across Africa and thanked the philanthropist for the grant. He furthermore reassured the representatives that the University Management, Staff and Students will be forever be grateful to ASR Africa for this gesture.