This N2.5billion grant, which was presented to the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun at a ceremony in Abeokuta, was drawn from the $100million annual ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal.
Presenting the award letter for the “ASR Africa Mother & Child Hospital” to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa Initiative said the grant was part of efforts by Abdul Samad Rabiu, the founder and Executive Chairman of BUA Group to give back to Nigeria and the Africa continent. Udoh added that the state-focused Tertiary Healthcare Systems Support Grant was awarded to Ogun State and 3 others in 2021 in recognition of their current efforts in delivering quality healthcare services and infrastructure within those states.
According to Udoh, “The grant is part of efforts of the Chairman of the BUA Group Abdul Samad Rabiu to give back to the African Continent and make a lasting impact in sustainable development as a means of uplifting and restoring the dignity and lives of Africans.
“We believe that upon completion, the N2.5billion ASR Africa Maternal & Child Hospital will boost the tertiary healthcare delivery system, train adequate personnel, and drastically reduce maternal and child mortality rates in Ogun state.”, he added.
Reacting, Governor Dapo Abiodun thanked the ASR Africa Initiative and its founder Abdul Samad Rabiu for their continuous support to the people of Ogun State and noted that his government remains focused on improving the socio-economic well-being of citizens especially around healthcare delivery.
The Governor said the ASR Africa Mother and Child Hospital will provide additional opportunities for the people to access medical care in the state reaffirming his administration’s commitment to put in place appropriate policies towards providing efficient and effective healthcare for the people.
The brainchild of African Industrialist, Philanthropist and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) was established in 2021 to provide sustainable, impact-based homegrown solutions to developmental issues affecting Health, Education and Social Development within Africa.
Reps Seek More Industries To Combat Unemployment, Social Vices In Nigeria
The House, therefore, mandated the Committee on Labour Employment and Productivity to develop a comprehensive
industrial revolution template featuring both economic and social impact projections and report back
within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.
It also mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation of the resolution.
These followed the adoption of a move brought by Hon. Chinedu Emeka Martins, wherein he noted that the “unprecedented rate of unemployment is the root of the social vices currently experienced in the country and 33.3% unemployment and the 28% youth unemployment rates amounting to over 11 million unemployed youths, verifies the lack of cottage industries in the country, which should have played a critical role in engaging youthful energy positively in the production of raw materials as well as semi-finished products, thus distract young people from taking up social vices as the only alternative for survival and social
The lawmaker also stressed the need for a comprehensive industrial revolution saying, “an intervention at this point in the history of our nation, given the recent developments in the political, social and economic spheres of the country
which re–emphasize the fact that youths are important stakeholders in the Nigerian project.”
He said, “the predominance of industrial clusters in South East Asian countries has motivated industrial
growth in the form of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and massive decline in unemployment, making way
for stability in the economy, political leadership and lower crime rates as a result of their remarkable success in industrialization.”
He said a similar strategy of building cottage industries has worked agreeably in some African countries like Rwanda, Mozambique, Ghana and South Africa, an indication that grassroots industrialization produces an array of positive economic and social impacts.
He however expressed worries that Nigeria is yet to positively harness the human capital resources accruing from its youthful population through the creation of industrial clusters to engage the youths.
He believes that “it has become imperative for government to re-strategize by establishing industries in the 360 federal constituencies, which would play a critical role in curbing the unemployment problems and boost the
country’s Gross Domestic Products.”
He argued that “such an Industrial Revolution Scheme, if implemented and sustained will entrench the
culture of hard work and regrow moral values lost in the wake of cybercrime, human trafficking, kidnapping
and drug addiction.”
“The siting of Industries in the 360 Federal Constituencies will facilitate Federal presence at the grassroots and positively impact lives of rural dwellers through employment, infrastructural development. Envisages a comprehensive industrialization scheme targeting both extractive and manufacturing stages as well as the processing of agricultural produce into semi-finished products for internal consumption and possible export, while establishing cottage industries based on needs assessment and viability in the 360 Federal Constituencies of the Federation to combat unemployment and drive grassroots industrial growth.”
Obituary: Kayode Adegoke To Be Buried On Saturday (Photo)
Olugbade Adegoke, elder brother of the deceased, told FIJ on Wednesday that arrangements had been concluded by the Adegoke extended family to lay the Abuja-based accountant to rest.
“The family has concluded arrangements to bury my brother. We have also released our burial arrangement plans to the public,” said Olugbade.
Adegoke’s body has been at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, for several weeks because of a police investigation into his death at Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, where he was lodged.
Rahmon Adedoyin, the owner of the hotel, and six others are currently in police custody over the incident.
“We now have an understanding as a family that his body is no longer required in the ongoing investigation being carried out by the police. As such, we have concluded plans to claim Timothy’s body from the morgue at LAUTECH, Osogbo, so he can be buried,” Olugbade told FIJ.
Adegoke is to be buried in Eruwa, his hometown in Oyo State.
Meanwhile, the police have refused to make public the content of the autopsy report carried out on Adegoke’s body on December 8, 2021.
FIJ made several calls to Frank Mba, Nigeria Police spokesperson, for updates on the ongoing investigation, but they were not answered. A text message sent to him had also not been responded to at press time.