Ms Josephine Ugwu, a cleaner working at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, who returned N12 million she found at the Airport toilet, was on Thursday honoured with a certificate, a plaque and a handshake for her exemplary behaviour.
Mr Haminu Makama, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, presented the plaque and certificate to her on behalf of members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Airport Division.
According to him, Ugwu was honoured for doing the right thing in a society where many would have disappeared with such money.
Makam who urged her to continue with the honesty, despite the high rate of unemployment in the country, said her conduct would go a long way in projecting the image of the country internationally.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police urged other Nigerians, especially workers, to emulate Ugwu’s exemplary character in their conducts.
Alhaji Falekulo Lamidi, Chairman, PCRC, MMIA Division, commended Ugwu for displaying exemplary honesty in the discharge of her duties.
Lamidi said Ugwu was an honest worker who had displayed great character that is worthy of emulation to others, stressing that although the money she returned was much, there were some rewards that are bigger than money.
In her response, Egwu said that it was not the first time she was returning money within the Airport vicinity.
According to her, she had in the past returned N600,000 left at the airport toilet and another sum of N3 million which she found at the same airport.
She, however, disclosed that although the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had promised to give her a permanent employment, she had yet to get the job promised her.
It would be recalled that Ugwu, a cleaner with a concessionaire of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Patovilki Industrial Cleaning, returned the N12 million she found on February 16.
The woman’s patriotic act, in spite of her meagre monthly salary of N7, 000 as at the time of the incident, had attracted commendations across the country.