Rivers State governor, Mr. Siminalayi Fubara speaking at the funeral rites for the late Dr. Herbert Wigwe at Isiokpo, Rivers State at the weekend.

Wigwe University, one of the legacies left behind by the late Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Bank Plc, Dr. Herbert Wigwe has got a lifeline as the Rivers State Government has pledged its support to ensure that the dream of the late foremost banker does not die.

Wigwe, his wife, Chizoba, son, Chizi and others had in February lost their lives in an helicopter crash in the United States of America (USA) throwing the country into deep mourning and a sense of loss especially in the business world where Wigwe is a bigwig.

Rivers State governor, Mr. Siminalayi Fubara made the pledge at the weekend during the final funeral rites for the deceased at his home town, Isiokpo, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State.

The governor said the moves was part of the measures to immortalize the late banker by ensuring that the state government support Wigwe University into fruition.

Speaking at Wigwe’s funeral church service, Fubara said the state government would support the university to keep Wigwe’s dreams alive.

His words: “I want to say our brother has finished his work, though shortly. We as a government will do everything with the Wigwe Foundation to immortalise one thing. It is not the bank. The bank might have a new identity and a new boss to run it. Other ventures will also have their names but one thing that has his name is Wigwe University. We will do everything within our power to make sure the dream will continue to live just as he has planned it”.

Apparently pained by the demise of the Rivers State born banker, Fubara said Wigwe’s death has prompted him to question his fellow political class on why they are struggling for power more than making impacts on the lives of the people.

“This one has to do with the political class. What is all these struggle all about? You want to kill. You want to bury, what is it all about? This is a man who was not a politician. He made his money through investments. He had the world in his palm financially. He controlled even the political class but today, with all the power financially couldn’t control life. Is it not enough to ask ourselves why are we struggling? Why are we not making an impact on the lives of our people?”, he wondered.


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