The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) – brainchild of industrialist, philanthropist and founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, and the Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led Kwara State government, jointly announced the construction of the largest oncology and diagnostic centre in West Africa to be built with a N2.5billion ASR Africa Tertiary Health Systems Infrastructure initial grant which was recently awarded to the state by ASR Africa from its annual $100 million Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal.
Receiving the design for the oncology Centre from Governor AbdulRazaq, Rabiu, founder of BUA Group and ASR Africa said the construction would commence on-site before the end of august.
Speaking at the presentation of the grant and visit to the proposed site, Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director of BUA Group, representing the chairman commended the Governor Abdulrahman for his commitment to healthcare development, social infrastructure, maternal and child health, and education which are also the pillars of ASR Africa’s vision.
He added, “I will like to commend and congratulate Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for all the achievements and development his administration has brought to Kwara State in the healthcare sector, infrastructure and education. This so much aligns with the vision of Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu through the ASR Africa Initiative. We are proud to partner serious and committed governments to make interventions and sustainable impact in healthcare and development for the benefit of the people.”
In his response, Governor AbdulRazaq thanked Rabiu, and noted that “Kwara is lucky to have the attention of Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, BUA Group and ASR Africa”.
“We take healthcare very seriously and that is why this program is important to us and we thank Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu for this legacy project. This oncology and diagnosis centre is a legacy project that will last beyond all of us and for years to come this would be a priority project which will anchor our health care system.
“Kwara is open for business, we are going to begin private-public partnerships in the healthcare sector so that we will have sustainability.”