Rivers State Governor, Mr Siminalayi Fubara has expressed shock at the demise of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, his wife Chizoba, son and others in a helicopter crash near the Nevada border in California.
In a statement on Sunday, by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Boniface Onyedi, governor Fubara described the incident as a monumental disaster.
“Governor Fubara, on behalf of his family, the State Government and people of Rivers State commiserates with the Wigwe’s family on what he described as an unfortunate incident.
“He urged Wigwe’s family to be comforted by God’s assurances of His love and outpouring of global sympathy on this deep pain and loss.”
The Governor said “there are no words to convey how terrible the losses are, the state and indeed Nigeria will miss an unassuming, iconic and accomplished illustrious son of Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“Rivers State and the nation are in tears because it would be extremely difficult to understand this sweeping loss of a family involving a strong pillar, accomplished banker and philanthropist with tentacles in the education sector,” the Governor said.
He noted that the prestigious Wigwe University which he pioneered must not be allowed to die.
Dr Herbert Wigwe rose to become one of the most outstanding African financial sector leaders and global figure who superintended over the growth of the Access Bank Group, and also established the Wigwe University in Isiokpo, the headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government Area with a 60% local and 40% expatriate faculty population.
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