Anambra State governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has mourned the passing of Chief Executive officer of Nigeria’s Access Holdings, Mr. Herbert Wigwe.
Wigwe, his wife, and son were involved in a helicopter crash in California, USA, on Friday, among three others.
Soludo in a press release by his Press Secretary, Mr Christian Aburime with the incident, Nigeria has lost one of its most brilliant minds in the financial services sector.
He said: “Mr. Wigwe was not only a prominent Nigerian banker and entrepreneur, but also a personal friend of the Governor.
“His leadership extended far beyond Access Bank. Mr. Wigwe 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,” the release stated.
Aburime said as a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Soludo had the privilege of witnessing firsthand 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 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.
“Governor Soludo’s deepest condolences go out to the Wigwe family, Access Bank and his associates during this incredibly difficult time.”
David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka