June 13, 2024

Revealed: Herbert Wigwe’s Unfulfilled Aviation Dream

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The late Herbert Wigwe (left) with Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, just before
he travelled out to the U.S. never to return. (PHOTO/ Festus Keyamo/X)

The late co-founder of Access Bank and CEO of Access Holdings , Herbert Wigwe, had a big plan for Nigeria’s aviation sector before his untimely death, unfortunately, in an aviation sector accident, Friday night, in the United States, it has been revealed.

Wigwe had visited the Minister for Aviation, Festus Keyamo, in Abuja with his team at Access Bank and Wigwe University to discuss his big plan for the sector. The same week after his meeting with Keyamo, he left for the United States where he died in an helicopter crash with his wife, son and other close associates.

Keyamo revealed this on his X handle while paying tribute to the late CEO of Access Holdings.

Keyamo said: “The reported tragic loss of my friend, brother and not-far-away neighbour in Lagos, Herbert Wigwe, the co-founder of Access Bank, the CEO of Access Holdings and the founder of Wigwe University, is very devastating. He was in my office earlier this week (where we took the pictures below) and actually left my office to fly out of the country and never came back. I am also shocked to learn his wife, son and other friends were involved in this tragedy. 

“We were on the verge of announcing something big for the aviation sector, the reason he actually came to the office with his entire team, both from Access and Wigwe University. This is surreal and I am lost for words. 

“May Almighty God comfort his aged parents and sibling (who were also my neighbours in Lagos for many years as a very young lawyer in Anthony Village), his immediate family members, his staff, friends across Nigeria and dependents.”

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