The Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr, Mike Omeri, on Thursday, presented the airport cleaner, Ms. Josephine Ugwu, who returned N12Million found at the Lagos Airport toilet, with Citizens Responsibility Recognition award for her honesty.
Ugwu is a cleaner with a concessionaire with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN): Patovilki Industrial Cleaning.
Omeri said government was honouring her for doing the right thing; a conduct he said was in line with the new slogan of the agency.
He said Ugwu had redeemed the image of the country, which had been tainted by the conduct of a few Nigerians.
Omeri said the agency would not relent in rewarding Nigerians who exhibit such honest conduct in the discharge of their duties.
He urged airport staff to continue to display such exemplary conduct which is the traditional way of life of Nigerians.
He said the airport cleaner had joined the league of other honest Nigerians including Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, who was rewarded for apprehending a traffic offender.
He said other Nigerians, including a cab operator, in Abuja, who had returned money in the past, had been rewarded with the Citizen’s Responsibility Recognition award.
Omeri said: “The Federal Government through the National Orientation Agency decided to honour the airport cleaner as a way of rewarding honesty and transparency.
“This recognition is in line with our slogan to Nigerians to do the right thing .Showing good example is part of the good values that Nigerians should emulate. Three years ago we gave similar recognition of honour to other Nigerians that have exhibited honesty.
“This is good for our country to always show such conduct that our country deserves.
“I want to commend airport workers for their good conduct, which is important, because people, all over the world, travel through the airport .I want to urge the airport staff to remain honest, which is part of what we are as a people,” Omeri said.