Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, expressed sadness on Sunday over the tragic death of Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the United States of America.
News About Nigeria reported that the incident, which occurred near the border of California and Nevada on Friday night, also claimed the lives of Wigwe’s wife, son, and three others, including Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former chairman of NGX Group Plc.
Governor Abiodun, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, described the incident as a devastating loss for the families, friends, and the entire business community in Nigeria.
He described Wigwe as a quintessential banker who contributed immensely to the Nigerian economy, adding that his death has created a void that will be difficult to fill.
The governor extended his thoughts and prayers to the families affected by the tragedy, emphasising Wigwe’s reputation as a respected business leader and a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Abiodun acknowledged the contributions of Wigwe to the banking sector and the Nigerian economy, stating that his legacy will always be remembered.
Governor Abiodun also condoled the Ogunbanjo family, describing Abimbola Ogunbanjo as an exceptional businessman with great character and integrity.
Meanwhile, former Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, also expressed his condolences, describing Wigwe as a kind and compassionate individual who touched the lives of countless people through his philanthropy and generosity.
Fayemi praised Wigwe for transforming Access Bank into one of the largest and most respected financial institutions in Africa, leading the bank with vision and purpose.
Fayemi also acknowledged Wigwe’s commitment to education, noting the establishment of Wigwe University as a testament to his passion for providing quality education opportunities for young people.
On Abimbola Ogunbanjo, Fayemi described it as a loss of another captain of industry and a successful entrepreneur who empowered people and communities.