Twenty-two universities have secured a N5.5 billion grant from the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa initiative.
ASR Africa is an initiation of the African Industrialist and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu.
It is aimed to provide solutions to developmental issues affecting health, Education, and Social Development within Africa through its annual $100 million Africa Fund for Sustainable Development and Renewal.
According to ASR Africa, each of the 22 institutions got N250 million, under the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grant Scheme
The beneficiaries of the grant include: University of Uyo; University of Jos; Nigerian Law School (Lagos); Federal College of Education Technology, Gusau; Federal University Lokoja; Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun; Nasarawa State University; University of Lagos; University of Port Harcourt; Federal University of Technology Minna; Uthman Dan Fodio University.
Other are: Bayero University Kano; Adamawa State University; Babcock University; Federal University, Gashua; Federal University of Technology Owerri; Al-Qalam University; National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru; Baze University; Nigerian Defence Academy; Crescent University; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
The Social Development Specialist of ASR Africa, Edidiong Idang, disclosed the idea would further partner with governments and the private sector institutions in Nigeria and across Africa to support education..
She said, “Our belief is that Africans need to rise to provide solutions to African problems. We focus our intervention in Africa and this is expressed mainly on infrastructure development, equipping facilities, and capacity building for researchers, healthcare practitioners, and community-level service providers.
“We also support the efforts of various Governments in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa across our three thematic areas. The Initiative provides both technical and financial resources to partners.”