P V Abdul Wahab is a businessperson and a Member of the Indian Parliament (Rajya Sabha). Diligently and meticulously, he worked as a pillar of support for the betterment of the society, especially women, minorities, and tribal communities. Being a businessman and emblematic political figure, he has been contributing to the development of social, economic, and educational spheres of India.
Born on 1 July 1951, as the eldest son of PV Alavikuty and Fathima, Wahab was raised in Nilambur. His father, a watchmaker by profession, was a man of disposition. His foresight and visionary approach to life made him realise the value of education and he transferred that message to his children. He wanted Wahab to pursue education to become a College professor in future, but contrary to this Wahab kept thinking of becoming an automobile engineer. In all walks of life, the life force of his father has had a lasting impact on Wahab, even in unfavourable situations. The sudden demise of his father was a blow to his maturing youth. This made the 18-year-old Wahab shoulder the responsibility of his mother and siblings. Being the chip off the old block, he embraced the legacy of his father and became an active student leader of the Indian Union Muslim League. Holding on to the ripples of hope, he moved forward with confidence and embellished the position as one of the national leaders of Muslim League. The values inculcated in him by his father stayed on and Wahab unwaveringly sticked to his aspirations. To his surprise, Wahab’s dreams materialised in a unique way, making him a booming global entrepreneur, and widening the horizons of his family’s dream. Perseverance is his key to success.
His life defining journey began when he boarded a ship to Dubai in 1974. He conceived the idea of entrepreneurship in Dubai which later rocketed into heights with the founding of Bridgeway Group, a multi-crore business network with extensive business operations in different parts of India and the Middle East. In 1976, he married Ms. Yasmin Abdul Wahab, daughter of Ali Kunji, a renowned Professor from Farook College, Calicut. God blessed them with four sons.
Wahab's international ventures ranged from automobile, trade and marketing, shipping and logistics, property and real estate, engineering, education, and health. His internationalism never kept him away from his own country and culture. He has always been in love and touch with his home state, Kerala, and its Malabar region. He embarked on social services and in 1994, he was selected President of the Malabar Airport Development Action Committee (MADAC). He was instrumental in mobilizing NRI resources to upgrade Calicut Airport into an international airport. Along with this, he expanded his business endeavours in Kerala, contributing significantly to its economy. Catering to the demands of the time, he invested in various business projects, in Kerala’s soil, such as Tea plantations, Feroke Plywood Factory, Arun Processors Erode (Textiles), Bridge way Textiles, Tirupur, Peevees Triton - Marine Drive Project Kochi & Mobile (USA), Peeves Petroleum Products, Indus Motor Co.
Education has always been a priority for Wahab and his interventions in the education sector began with the founding of two schools in Nilambur. Peevees Public School, a residential school and Peevees Model School, a day school. With a wealth of Gulf experience for about three decades, he decided to remain focused on social work and Indian politics, entrusting his sons with business responsibilities. In recognition of his social commitment, he was chosen by the IUML party as a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) in 2004, for a second time in 2015 and a third time in 2021. These years are vital to his political career. Upholding public values, he has been working on areas like skill development, education, women empowerment, and tribes and minorities.
The philanthropic mission of Wahab and his concern for the less privileged gave him greater responsibilities. Nilambur Orphanage Committee entrusted him to run the orphanage and he was elected its chairman in 1998. A milestone achievement of the Orphanage Committee, under Wahab’s patronage is the establishment a government aided College, Amal College of Advanced Studies, Nilambur. It is a postgraduate College affiliated to the University of Calicut and a UGC- NAAC accredited College with nine programs.
Another milestone step under the Orphanage committee is the establishment of JSS (Jan Shikshan Sansthan), Malappuram. It is a social organization and grassroots education institute functioning under the Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship. JSS has a rigorous focus on skill, addressing skill gaps of the society. Under his Chairmanship, Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS), Malappuram, was accorded the prestigious UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy in Paris in 2016. In recognition of its dedicated work on literacy skills for the disadvantaged in rural areas, the JSS bagged several awards.