BUA Foundations, ASR Africa offer N1.5bn grant for Ogun communities

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BUA Foundations, ASR Africa offer N1.5bn grant for Ogun communities

The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), and the BUA Foundations have awarded development grants worth N1.5bn to Yewaland, Ogun State; comprising Ilaro, Igbogila, Ibese, Egua, and Igan-Alade communities for key community, social, and infrastructural development projects.

The grants which will be channeled towards interventions on health, education, and social development initiatives was announced at the grant presentation and mutual accountability framework signing ceremonies held today in Ilaro.

Presenting the grants award letter to Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland in Ogun State, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa assured of more partnership with the people of Yewaland and reiterated that the vision of Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder of ASR Africa and Chairman of BUA is to provide concrete solutions for sustainable development in Nigeria, and Africa.

“What ASR Africa and BUA Foundation are doing here today is planting a seed of sustainable problem-solving across Africa in line with the vision of Abdul Samad Rabiu, our founder – and Chairman of BUA.

“The first grant of one billion naira (N1,000,000,000) goes to all communities in Yewaland for developmental purposes to uplift the quality of life of the Yewa people, while ASR Africa and BUA Foundation are also giving additional specific grants of N250million each to Igbogila and Ibese Communities for already identified infrastructure projects to enhance community development through their traditional institutions.

“We have done our basic needs assessment in collaboration with the communities on their needs, and we are pleased to say we look forward to the commencement of the identified projects and a more robust partnership with Yewaland, as we have done in other parts of the country.

Speaking, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, CFR, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland commended Abdul Samad Rabiu for his philanthropic gestures across the country and noted that indeed he is a true Nigerian. The monarch added that with the grants, Yewaland and Yewa people will witness rapid social and infrastructural development.

“We are one of the largest sub-ethnic groups in Yoruba Land and these grants will go a long way in bringing sustainable development in line with the United Nations SDGs, to our people”, he added.

The Aboro of Ibese, Oba Rotimi Mulero, also thanked the donors for their timely intervention in developing Ibese community.

“May the Almighty bless Abdul Samad Rabiu, ASR Africa, and BUA Foundation for partnering with us to fast-track development in our community because we are still largely behind on the development curve. This partnership with ASR Africa and BUA Foundation will go a long way in ensuring even greater development for our people”.