Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Sunday described as tragic the reported death of the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, in a helicopter crash in the United States of America.

This is as a former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, described the situation as a great loss to the country.

Multiple reports said Wigwe, his wife, son, and three others, including Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former chairman of NGX Group Plc, were feared dead when their helicopter crashed near the border of California and Nevada on Friday night.

Abiodun, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, on Sunday, described the incident as a devastating loss for the families, friends, and the entire business community in Nigeria.

The governor described Wigwe as a quintessential banker who contributed immensely to the Nigerian economy.

According to him, the banker’s death has created a void that will be difficult to fill.

He condoled with the families of the deceased, the management and staff of Access Holdings, the business communities, and the Rivers State government on the incident.

He said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Herbert Wigwe and five others. My thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.

“Herbert Wigwe was not only a respected business leader but also a role model for many aspiring entrepreneurs. His contributions to the banking sector and the Nigerian economy will always be remembered.”

The governor also condoled the Ogunbanjos.

He described Ogunbanjo as not just an exceptional businessman but also a man of great character and integrity.

In his own condolence message on Sunday signed by Ahmed Sajoh, head of his media office, Fayemi described Wigwe as “a kind and compassionate individual who touched the lives of countless people through his philanthropy and generosity”

‘’Wigwe was a business leader who helped transform Access Bank into one of the largest and most respected financial institutions in Africa. As Group CEO, he led the bank with vision and purpose, contributing to the growth of Nigeria’s banking sector and the expansion of economic opportunities across the continent.

“He also founded Wigwe University because of his passion and commitment to providing quality education opportunities for young people.”

On Ogunbanjo, Fayemi said the country lost “another captain of industry and a successful entrepreneur who empowered people and communities”

February 11, 2024

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