The university’s Public Relations Officer, Benedicta Ehanire, PhD, in a statement on Tuesday, said the letter conveying the award had been presented to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami.
Ehanire quoted Mr Ubon Udoh, Managing Director of ASR African Initiative, as saying that UNIBEN qualified for the nomination as a result of the quality of its service delivery and impact on society, accessibility as well as its high level of gender sensitivity among others.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution expressed appreciation to the BUA Group Chairman for the grant, which she said is expected to birth a state of the art ICT building and an ultra-modern Students’ Affairs edifice in the institution.
“The Vice-Chancellor was confident that the Grant, when actualised, will greatly enhance the University’s infrastructure and also ensure the global competitiveness of the graduates, many of who are currently making their marks in various spheres of endeavour,” Ehanire said.
The University of Benin is one of the six Nigerian Universities nominated for the Education Grant by the BUA Group as part of Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu’s give back to the African continent initiative.
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