Justice Tanko Muhammad Honours Wigwe, Emefiele With Juris Law Award For Their Outstanding Contributions In Finance Sector

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The Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and Group Managing Director of Access Bank PLC,Herbert   Wigwe,   has   been   recognised   for   his   outstanding   contributions   to   Corporate Governance and Rule of Law in Nigeria’s Banking Industry.   

Wigwe  was  presented  with the Juris  Law  Award  by  Chief  Justice   of   Nigeria,  Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad at the 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 which was held on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 in Abuja.

Also honoured with an award was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. 

The Juris Law Award is presented in honour of leaders who are taking significant steps towards promoting   economic  growth in Nigeria  through   deepening   institutions, corporate governance and Rule of Law.                                                               

Accepting the award, Wigwe stated that he was honoured to receive the award, adding that “through innovative banking initiatives and our underlying sustainability drive, Access Bank will continue  to create shared  value for all  our  stakeholders, striking a  balance between competitive advantage and corporate social responsibility.”                                                           

Wigwe and Emefiele have partnered in   the creation of several positive socio-economic initiatives such as the Creative Industries and Financing Initiative; a loan scheme developed to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in Nigeria.                                                                                       

Inaddition, Wigwe, Emefiele  and Aliko   Dangote were key parties in the   formation of the Coalition Against   COVID-19 (CACOVID) –   a vehicle   created to spear head corporate Nigeria’s support for the federal government’s fight against the deadly virus.                                                                                                                                     

The successful coalition funded the establishment of response centres,  acquisition of medical equipment,supplies and food palliatives for vulnerable Nigerians.                                                                                                 

The 2021 Judges Workshop on Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020 , focused on reforms and the statutory requirements imposed by CBN on all banks and other financial institutions in Nigeria to adopt policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and cyber security in Nigeria.                                                                   

Also in attendance of the workshop   were the Attorney General of the   Federation and Minister of Justice  (AGF);  Abubakar  Malami (SAN); the   Appeal Court President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen; the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho;the Former Chief Justice  of Nigeria and former Chairman, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed and other high ranking judicial officers and the legal community.

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