ASR Africa commences construction of ICT hub in Benin, Nigeria

The grant for the hub on the University of Benin campus is from the ASR Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

By Chriselle Moraes on
11th December 2022

The groundbreaking ceremony for constructing an Information Communication Technology (ICT) building and a Student Affairs Building was held at the University of Benin, Edo State. 

The ceremony was by The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) to fulfill the N1 billion (US$2.2 million) tertiary infrastructure grant awarded to the University in June 2021 as part of the ASR Africa Tertiary Education Grants Scheme. The grant came from ASR Africa’s US$100 million Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa, Prof Lilian Salami, Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, and the management staff of ASR Africa attended the ceremony. Udoh applauded the school’s management for its quick action in identifying projects within the ASR Africa project assessment and mutual accountability framework and commitment to ensuring the smooth launch of the project.

Udoh said: “The Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative was founded by Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Chairman of BUA Group, to tackle urgent development needs in key areas within Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since our inauguration in 2021, ASR Africa has invested massively in sustainable education, health, and infrastructure development projects across Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. These projects are key to the university community, and we are committed to ensuring that they are completed in the shortest possible time so they can be put to adequate use for the benefit of the student community and society in general.”

Professor Salami thanked ASR Africa and its chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for their commitment to the project. She emphasized the importance of the project in improving the University’s functions and outlook. 

Top Photo: Entrance gate to the University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria (

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