Emefiele Win Juris Law Award

Wigwe and Emefiele have been honoured with Juris Law Award for outstanding contributions in the finance sector.

Newsonline reports that 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 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.


In addition, Wigwe, Emefiele and Aliko Dangote were key parties in the formation of the
Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) – a vehicle created to spearhead 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.