Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has expressed shock over the tragic passing of Chief Executive officer of Nigeria’s Access Holdings, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, his wife, and son in a helicopter accident in California, USA, on Friday.
The governor, in a statement by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime said Nigeria had lost one of its most brilliant minds in the financial services sector, saying Wigwe would be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
He said, “By his death, Nigeria has lost one of its most brilliant minds in the financial services sector. Mr. Wigwe was not only a prominent Nigerian banker and entrepreneur, but also a personal friend of the Governor.
“As a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Governor Soludo had the privilege of witnessing firsthand Mr. Wigwe’s innovative approach to banking and his instrumental role during the Bank Consolidation in driving the growth and expansion of Access Bank, both within Nigeria and internationally.
“His leadership extended far beyond Access Bank. He was a pillar of the Nigerian business community, a champion for economic development, an avid educationist and a true visionary who consistently pushed boundaries for growth and development
“His contributions to the banking sector, and to Nigeria as a whole, will be long remembered.
“Mr. Wigwe’s legacy will live on through the countless lives he touched, the institutions he built, such as the Wigwe University, and the inspiration he provided to generations of youth, aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.
“He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
“Governor Soludo’s deepest condolences go out to the Wigwe family, Access Bank and his associates during this incredibly difficult time.
“May they find solace in the outpouring of love and support from their loved ones and the wider Nigerian community.”