Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Holdings, Dr Herbert Wigwe, has laid the 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 on grooming fearless generations of youths who would become confident future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Speaking on Tuesday during the foundation laying, Wigwe said the school would 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 had been determined for construction on the 400 hectares of land upon which the university was located.
Wigwe also said students of the institution would 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 infrastructure 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 were very important to his administration because he believed that nothing could equate or quantify the human capital development that education could offer.
Wike noted that with the Wigwe University coming on stream, Rivers now had two private universities.
According to him, a state like Rivers would encourage more private universities and assured of government’s support.