The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Holdings, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, has laid foundation to start a private university at his hometown in Isiokpo, Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Acess Bank CEO said the institution would be called Wigwe University with focus in grooming fearless generations of youths who will become confident future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Speaking yesterday during the foundation laying, Wigwe said the school will be a world-class educational institution with 60 per cent Nigerian academic lecturers and 40 per cent foreign lecturers.
He disclosed that about 200 different buildings have been determined for construction on the 400 hectares of land upon which the university is located.
Wigwe also said students of the institution will spend one year of their academic period on exchange abroad in order for them to gain international exposure.
The former Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank Plc, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, said the remarkable infrastructural development of Governor Nyesom Wike inspired Wigwe to establish the university in Isiokpo.
Meanwhile, the governor has declared the support of his administration to the Wigwe University in order for it to achieve its objectives of establishment.
Wike emphasised that issues of education are very important to his administration because he believes that nothing can equate or quantify the human capital development that education can offer.
Wike noted that with the Wigwe University coming on stream, Rivers now has two private universities. According to him, a state like Rivers will encourage more private universities and assured of government’s support.
Access Bank CEO sets up new university in Rivers