Abdul-Samad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Group has donated $2.5 million to rebuild the iconic Zaria Central Mosque at a fundraising event in Abuja on Saturday.
The mosque, which has stood for over 150 years and is situated within the Zazzau Emirate Council in Kaduna State collapsed in August, 2023. This unfortunate incident led to the loss of lives and injuries to several worshipers.
“In supporting this effort we are not on preserving something of historical significance but also investing in education and empowerment of people within the Zazzau emirate and other parts of Nigeria” Rabiu said at the event.
The Chairman/Founder, ASR Africa said: “Giving back to society, helping and supporting communities (and people), intervening in areas that bring a positive impact to communities and those in need are very, very close to my heart. This is what I want to continue doing and devoting my time to in the coming years.”
He is recognized as one of Africa’s prominent philanthropists. In 2021, he established ASR Africa, a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing sustainable solutions for developmental challenges in Africa’s healthcare, education, and social sectors.
Since its inception in 2021, the group has pledged $100 million towards its initiatives, underscoring its commitment to becoming a major philanthropic force in Africa.
The ASR Africa Initiative has been actively involved in various areas, including security, health, education, and social development. As part of its efforts, it granted 10 billion Naira, with 2.5 billion Naira allocated to each of four states.
Earlier this month, the initiative commenced the construction of a N2.5 billion Oncology Centre in Ilorin, Kwara State.