One of the nation’s billionaire industrialists, Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu has donated 25 state-of-the-art operational vehicles to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to boost the operation of the anti-narcotics agency across the nation.
The donation of the vehicles which total cost was put at N500 million, was done through the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa).
The donation to the agency is drawn from the ASR Africa Security Sector Support Grant, which is a security intervention initiative targeted at providing critical support to the agency to boost its operational reach and capacity.
ASR Africa had announced the Security Sector Support grant to Nigeria’s Armed Forces and other security agencies as its support for security operations across the country.
Earlier beneficiaries of the grant include The Nigerian Navy, The Nigerian Air Force, The Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Customs, Immigration, Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Presenting documents and keys of the vehicles to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retd), the Managing Director, ASR Africa, Dr. Ubon Udoh, stated that Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder and Chairman of BUA Group is very passionate about giving back to society and has created the initiative to uplift and restore the dignity and lives of Africans.
Udoh thanked the NDLEA leadership for its support in ensuring the speedy realization of the project and noted that the operational vehicles would assist the NDLEA in fulfillment of its mandate in the war against drug-related crimes in the country.
Udoh said: “We are very pleased to be here. I want to start by appreciating you and your team for all the collaborations to make this day a reality. This is a testament to your tenacity and will to ensure this handover happens within a short time.
“I want to thank you all for the work you do. This agency has made a very giant stride under your leadership and this is a testament to the quality of your team. On behalf of Abdul Samad Rabiu, we are presenting you with 25 state-of-the-art operational vehicles to aid the work you do across the country and I can assure you on his behalf that this is just the beginning of better things to come.”
On his part, Marwa thanked the Chairman of ASR Africa for the support and redeeming the pledge.
He also enumerated the numerous achievements of the agency and promised full utilization of the vehicles donated by ASR Africa.
The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative seeks to support sustainable development initiatives in the Health, Education, and Social Development within Nigeria and the rest of Africa.