ASR Africa, an initiative led by industrialist and philanthropist Abdul Samad Rabiu, has officially begun the construction of the ASR Africa Oncology Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the 2.5 billion Naira project took place at the proposed site of the center.
This initiative is a collaborative effort between ASR Africa and the Kwara State government and is part of ASR Africa’s commitment to providing tertiary-level health interventions across Nigeria through its 10 billion Naira Tertiary Health Systems Support Grant scheme.
The ceremony was attended by the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, along with senior government officials, traditional leaders, community representatives, and other dignitaries.
Governor Abdulrazaq expressed his appreciation for the commencement of the project, commending ASR Africa for its significant corporate social responsibility efforts. He emphasized the importance of the partnership with ASR Africa in delivering projects that benefit the people of Kwara State and beyond.
Dr. Ubon Udoh, Managing Director of ASR Africa, thanked Governor Abdulrazaq for his visionary leadership and personal commitment to the project. He assured those present that the ASR Africa Oncology Centre would be completed expeditiously, highlighting its significance for cancer treatment in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
The ASR Africa Oncology Centre in Kwara State aims to become the largest Oncology Research, Diagnostic, and Treatment Centre in Nigeria, equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers. The center’s establishment will facilitate early cancer detection and provide affordable treatment options for patients.
Kwara State is among the beneficiary states of ASR Africa’s philanthropic efforts, having received a 1 billion Naira grant for the construction of a 3,000-seat amphitheater at the University of Ilorin.
ASR Africa’s commitment to delivering sustainable impact spans health, education, and social development across the African continent. The organization’s initial healthcare grants scheme allocated 10 billion Naira in grants of 2.5 billion Naira each to four states, including Kwara State.