Ogun State is to embark on the construction of a Mother and Child hospital at the state-owned Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) following the award of a healthcare systems support grant with a value of N2.5 billion by the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) for that purpose.
The ASR Africa Initiative is a philanthropic organisation founded by the founder and executive chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, and the N2.5 billion grant to Ogun State, was drawn from the $100 million annual ASR Africa fund for social development and renewal.
Presenting the award letter for the ASR Africa Mother & Child Hospital to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State in Abeokuta, the state capital, Ubon Udoh, managing director, ASR Africa Initiative, explained that the grant was part of efforts by Abdul Samad Rabiu to give back to the African continent and make a lasting impact in sustainable development.
Udoh also hinted that the state-focused tertiary healthcare systems support grant was awarded to Ogun State and three others in 2021 in recognition of their current efforts in delivering quality healthcare services and infrastructure.
“We believe that upon completion, the N2.5 billion 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.
Governor Dapo Abiodun thanked the ASR Africa Initiative and its founder, Abdul Samad Rabiu, for their continuous support to the people of Ogun State.
The governor expressed optimism that 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.