Dangote Names 120km Refinery Road After Wigwe …As Guaranty Trust Celebrates Late Access Bank CEO




Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, has named the 120km road leading to his refinery in Lagos after the former Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Holdings Plc, late Herbert Wigwe, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the project.

The announcement was made on Monday during a special event held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, titled ‘Celebrating Herbert Wigwe – A Professional Legacy.’

Dangote paid tribute to the former Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, highlighting Wigwe’s dedication and expertise.

“To immortalise my beloved friend, my brother and mentee, I’ve actually decided to name our major refinery and petrochemical road out of the 120km road, the biggest road will now be named Herbert Wigwe,” Dangote said.

On February 9, Wigwe, his wife, Doreen; son Chizi; and a former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, died in a helicopter crash that occurred near a border town between California and Nevada in the United States.

Also paying tribute to late Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, described him as someone who had what everyone in GTB lacked.

He said Wigwe had the power to chase accounts, network and deliver things that others could not deliver.

Agbaje said he and Wigwe, founder of the Wigwe University in Rivers State, were both once in the corporate bank as he met him in November 1991.

“I met Herbert November 1991. We were both in the corporate bank. This gentleman walked in, didn’t take off his jacket because we all had our jackets on. Well, that was Herbert, he was going to do it his own way.

“He drove a red golf. Who drives a red golf? Only a man who’s that brazen drives around in a red golf,” he said.

He described Wigwe as one of the cleverest persons in GTB which made him earn the bank’s respect.

“Very quickly, Herbert earned our respect. Herbert was one of the cleverest people in Guaranty Trust Bank. He was a credit analysts’ analyst,” he said.

Speaking further and explaining what Wigwe had that no one in the bank had which made him distinguished, Agbaje said, “But that’s not what got him his respect because we were all good analysts. But Herbert had what we all didn’t have — he had the power to chase accounts, network and deliver things that we all couldn’t.”


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