Less than two days to his second term inauguration, the governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has been thrown into a state of sadness and mourning.
This is because of the painful loss of Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe who died in a helicopter crash, alongside his wife and son, in Califonia.
In a message of condolence as contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor described Wigwe as a dear friend and brother who understood what friendship and brotherhood meant.
He said Wigwe’s death was a personal loss as their friendship was mutual, cordial and brotherly and noted that the consummate banker and businessman carved a niche for touching lives and bringing dreams to reality.
He recalled how Wigwe, through Access, Bank positively impacted youths in Bayelsa by partnering with the government to organise the maiden edition of the state’s sports festival in 2023, noting that his life of philanthropy was exemplary.
Diri also said the throbbing effect of Wigwe’s demise was how it would affect those whose dreams and aspirations were connected to him.
While commiserating with the Wigwe family, the family of his late wife as well as the management and staff of Access Bank Plc, the Bayelsa governor said his state, Rivers, the South-South and indeed Nigeria lost an illustrious son.