Herbert Wigwe, the late Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Group Managing Director of Access Holdings plc was a quintessential banker and wealth creator whose death has left a painful void in the global financial sector and among all those who related with him, Mr Julius Rone, Chairman/CEO of UTM/FLNG has said.
In a statement made available to GWG.ng, Mr Rone mourned the late Wigwe as a brother and friend whose life he said, imparted positively on the finance community, the world of philanthropy and on his friends.
Mr Rone, CEO of UTM/FLNG, one of the leading lights in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector with a global mission of providing floating liquefied natural gas solutions, also lamented the death of Wigwe’s graceful wife, Chizoba and their son.
The gas executive reckoned as the gas king also mourned the death of Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the erstwhile chairman of NGX Group.
Lamenting that he has been left heartbroken and inconsolable, Rone said:
Indeed, our nation, humanity, the corporate world and particularly the global financial sector have lost a leading light, a rare brand who with extraordinary genius, industry and diligence bestrode his chosen path as a Colossus and made immemorable contributions towards national and global economic growth and stability.
Herbert Wigwe was a quintessential banker, wealth creator, education promoter, highly resourceful entrepreneur and remarkable philanthropist, dazzling motivator and untiring mentor, who lived as a trailblazer and source of inspiration to many especially the younger generation of leaders and entrepreneurs on the national and international arena.
His role in using his ‘Thought-Leadership Series’ known as The Access Conference towards to host world leaders and stimulate global all-inclusive corporate solutions to challenges facing humanity among other international interventions stood him to a global citizen, leader and bridgebuilder who place the wellbeing of humanity above all other considerations.
Herbert lived for others. Despite his lofty attainments, he remained humble and accessible. His philanthropist roles in supporting the less privilege, vulnerable children, orphans and internally displaced persons through his numerous charity platforms speak volumes of the heart he and his wife had for humanity.
At this moment of grief, my heart goes out to the Wigwe family as well the Ogunbanjo family as I pray to God in His Mercies to console the families , the management and staff of Access Bank as well as the banking community in Nigeria and give all of us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.