BUA Begins N250m Construction At Al-Qalam Varsity


The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), an initiative of BUA’s Group Chairman has begun a N250 million administrative block and a conference Theatre construction at the Al-Qalam University in Katsina State.

The project is part of the initiative’s 2022 Tertiary Education Grant Scheme (TEGS), which covers 22 tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The Managing Director of ASR Africa, Dr. Ubon Udoh, while speaking during the ceremonial ground-breaking of the project last Thursday, said, education was a priority to the intervention for ASR Africa and its chairman. He revealed that the chairman of ASR Africa was committing $100 million every year to support health, education and social development sectors in Nigeria and Africa at large.

In his words, “The Abdu Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative gives grants every year to tertiary institutions to support infrastructure and other aspects of tertiary education. Presently, we have 30 tertiary institutions across Nigeria that are benefiting from this kind of intervention.

“We have a very tedious process of selection, including the performance, vision of existing management structure, and NUC ranking. Al-Qalam University scored very high, especially on the private side of the institutions, and they benefited from over N250 million grants”.

Udoh said the chairman of BUA group was passionate about Africans and Nigerians taking responsibility for their solutions, hence the establishment of ASR Africa to intervene and create home-grown solutions to Nigeria’s challenges.

He assured that the project would be completed within six months, adding that the institution must focus on its sustainability and ensure it serves the purpose for which it was designed.

He commended the management of Al-Qalam University for their cooperation with the ASR Africa infrastructure team by providing prompt feedback and required documentation on the project to ensure its take-off.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University Prof. Nasiru Yauri, commended the Chairman of ASR Africa and the BUA Group, for finding their institution worthy of the grant.

He emphasised that the project, identified by the university, is one of its priority needs, as the institution was set to launch its College of Allied Health Sciences for the 2023/2024 academic year, hence the need for a befitting infrastructure for the laudable purpose.

He said, “Upon completion of this project, staff and students under the Bachelor’s Degree programmes in Nursing Science, Public Health, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Optometry, and Medical laboratory in the 2023/2024 academic year, will have lecture rooms and offices for their programmes.”

He applauded the management of the initiative and the chairman of BUA Group for their timely intervention in the project.

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