The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) has received a major boost to spur innovation and entrepreneurship with the donation of a N1 billion International Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship by BUA Group. The world-class facility, donated by the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative, was handed over during UNIMAID’s 24th Combined Convocation.
The state-of-the-art hub includes creative workspaces, an innovation lab, a 150-seat auditorium for high-profile conferences, a library, and a cafeteria. It provides a platform to nurture future entrepreneurs and leaders in Nigeria.
BUA Group Chairman Abdul Samad Rabiu emphasised the critical role of education and entrepreneurship in development. “This centre will be an engine of ideas, creativity, and practical learning to empower youth,” he said.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, university leaders, and traditional rulers attended the milestone event.
Rabiu was awarded an honorary degree by UNIMAID, recognising his vast contributions to education, entrepreneurship, and national growth. The billionaire has invested over N1 billion into the centre through his personal foundation, underscoring his commitment to transforming lives.
The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative, established in 2021, provides sustainable solutions for health, education, and social development across Africa. The world-class innovation hub donated to UNIMAID will boost economic opportunities in the region.