Caption: From left, Dr. Abdulraheem Malik (Executive Secretary, Kwara State Hospitals Management Board); Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Executive Governor of Kwara State; Dr. Ubon Udoh, MD/CEO, ASR Africa; and Dr. Amina El-Imam, Commissioner for Health. Kwara State; at the groundbreaking ceremony of the N2.5bn ASR Africa Oncology Research. Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State.
In continuation of the tertiary-level health interventions under its Tertiary Health Systems Support Grant scheme, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), on Friday performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the state-of-the-art N2.5bn Oncology Centre, in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The donation is part of the N10bn in grants to four States by the leading philanthropic organization committed to delivering sustainable impact in health, education, and social development across the continent of Africa.
A statement by ASR said Kwara State became one of the recipients in the federation after Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, presented a model for the largest Oncology Research, Diagnostic, and Treatment Centre in Nigeria.
The project under the direct supervision of ASR Africa and in partnership with the Kwara Statement Government, the statement continued, will be equipped with the most modern technology in oncology diagnostics and treatment of patients, thereby providing Nigerians and foreign patients with world-class oncology services to facilitate early detection and affordable treatment for all types of cancers.
Caption: Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Kwara State (left), in a handshake with Dr. Ubon Udoh, MD/CEO, ASR Africa during the groundbreaking ceremony of the N2.5bn ASR Africa Oncology Research. Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Speaking on the project, the Kwara State governor expressed delight at the take-off of the project, commending “ASR Africa, under the chairmanship of Abdul Samad Rabiu, for the take-off of the N2.5bn oncology centre that the groundbreaking is being done today.
“We cannot thank him enough for the huge CSR gesture, in addition to other projects he supports through ASR Africa, in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole. We will continue to build on this strategic partnership with ASR Africa to ensure that this project is delivered to the benefit of mankind,” he stressed.
The oncology centre, when completed, the statement continued further, will once again put Nigeria on the world map as a destination for quality and affordable cancer diagnostics and treatment in the West Africa sub-region.
Dr. Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa, appreciated Governor Abdurazaq, “for being a visionary and personally steering this project that will impact the lives of many beyond the shores of Nigeria. I also want to assure the Governor and those present that this project will be completed in record time because we know its importance to the State, Nigeria, and the West African sub-region. The chairman of ASR Africa, Abdul Samad Rabiu, is passionate about strengthening public access to quality healthcare services, and making this happen for cancer treatment in Nigeria through this project is high on his priority list.”
Kwara State, the stated added, is also a beneficiary of the ASR Africa N1bn tertiary education grant for the ongoing construction of the 3,000-seater amphitheater at the University of Ilorin.
Other states that have enjoyed similar grants include Ogun State, Lagos State, Akwa Ibom State, Sokoto State, amongst others.