Industrialist, Philanthropist, and Chairman of BUA Group and ASR Africa, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has been conferred with an Honorary Degree from the University of Maiduguri during the university’s 24th Combined Convocation in recognition of his significant contributions to national development, education, and entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
In a landmark event coinciding with the convocation, the Abdul Samad Rabiu International Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, fully funded and constructed with a N1 billion donation from his personal foundation, ASR Africa, was officially commissioned and handed over to the university with the Vice President of Nigeria, Sen Kashim Shettima, gracing the occasion.
The Abdul Samad Rabiu International Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a modern, state-of-the-art center. It includes administrative offices, dynamic workstations, creative conceptual hubs, a welcoming cafeteria, an extensive library, and an exhibition hall. Additionally, it boasts a 150-seater hall, designed for high-profile presentations and academic conferences, further enhancing the University of Maiduguri’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development complex.
Abdul Samad Rabiu, in his insightful speech, emphasized the center’s role as more than just a physical structure. He envisioned it as an innovative hub of ideas, creativity, and practical entrepreneurship.
Rabiu further reflected on the ASR International Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s genesis, which was born from his deep belief in the transformative power of education and entrepreneurship.
This commitment was further demonstrated by his substantial investment of N1 billion in the center embarked upon by ASR Africa.
“In a world where economies are rapidly evolving and Nigeria strides towards renewed hope, centers like this are vital for development. They are the platforms for nurturing our future leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We must not just learn; we must act, ”he stated.
MD/CEO of ASR Africa, Dr. Ubon Udoh, highlighted the project’s significance during his overview. He praised the center’s potential to spur economic and social growth, offering a global platform for innovative expression and fostering partnerships with leading international educational and innovation institutions.
Udoh also lauded the Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for his honorary award, his visionary leadership, and his commitment, towards driving sustainable development in Africa.