The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo has revealed that the late Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe had big plans for the aviation sector.
Wigwe died alongside his wife, two kids and close friend, Abimbola Ogunbanjo in a helicopter crash in the United States.
He was said to have travelled to the US for the Super Bowl 58 event in Las Vegas scheduled for Sunday.
Reacting in a post where he shared pictures he took with the deceased on his X handle, Keyamo said the news of Wigwe’s death and his wife and son was devastating.
He stated that the deceased visited his officer earlier in the week before he jetted out of the country and they were both planning to announce “something big” for the aviation sector.
“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 wrote.
“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.”
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… pic.twitter.com/3nlXhEFPfQ
— Festus Keyamo, SAN, CON, FCIArb (UK) (@fkeyamo) February 10, 2024