Ms. Josephine Ugwu, the airport cleaner who returned the sum of N12 million found at the Lagos Airport toilet has been given a certificate and plaque by the Nigeria police for her track record of honesty.
he Deputy Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mr. Haminu Makama who presented the award to Ms. Ugwu on behalf of the Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Division urged her to continue with her honesty despite the high unemployment rate in the country.
Ugwu works as a cleaner with a concessionaire of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN) Patovilki Industrial Cleaning and earns a monthly payment of N7000 before she returned the N12 million late last year.
Makama explained that Ugwu was honoured for doing the right thing in a society where many would have disappeared with such money, stressing that her conduct would go a long way in projecting the image of the country even in international country.
He urged other Nigerians especially workers to emulate her exemplary character in their conducts.
Also speaking at the occasion the Chairman, PCRC, MMIA Division, Alhaji Falekulo Akinlolu Lamidi said that the committee recognised Ugwu for her role model character, stressing that her honesty is being recognized worldwide.
He insisted that her character was a lesson to others in the system, maintaining that some of her colleagues were using their positions to further impoverish the country while she has decided to toe a line of dignity for herself and her families.
Lamidi further informed that the conduct of the airport cleaner had opened fresh panoramas for the company where she works, which he noted had a good reputation, with the attendant capacity to attract investment.
He said, “Today, we are recognising a honesty worker who has displayed great character that is worth of emulation to others. Just yesterday (Wednesday), some groups forced themselves into banks and carted away several millions of naira while only one person returned the sum of N12 million that belongs to a passenger.
“I believe that with what she has done, she should be recognized by all. The money she returned as much, but there are some rewards that are bigger than money, which she has displayed. PCRC is very impressed with your courageous and honest behaviours and this is worth being emulated.
“Some people may be abusing you, but God will continue to shoulder your responsibility. That money you returned could build a house, but can’t build a home. We hope your yet unborn generation would benefit from your honesty.”
He however promised that the committee would hang her picture in the proposed PCRC building at the Beesam Police Station within the airport.
Besides, the Royal Majesty, Ewu Town, Oba Shakirudeen Adesina Kuti lauded the award recipient for her courageous character.
He advised that riches could not be attained by stealing or duping of people, but by hard work and honesty, which she displayed with the return of the money.
He insisted that the honesty she displayed would open doors for her in all her endeavours.
Also speaking, Ugwu noted that it was not the first time she was returning found money within the airport vicinity.
She recalled that some time ago, she returned the sum of N600, 000 left at the airport toilet while few years later, another sum of N3 million was equally returned.
She thanked the committee for recognizing her efforts and promised that she would continue to display honesty in all her deeds.
She however informed that she was yet to get the job promised her by the management of FAAN, but noted “it is under process and I have submitted my credentials with them.”