A taxi driver, Mr Imeh Usuah on Thursday received an award from the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for returning N18 million, about $120,000, left in his car by a passenger.
Usuah, who plies the airport road in Abuja, said he was at the car wash when he discovered there was a bag left behind after dropping the man off in a hotel and immediately returned it.
“My mind went back to the man who I dropped at the hoteland I immediately alerted my chairman and he instructed me to go back to the place where I dropped him. I saw him and delivered his bag to him.“
Mr Oche Elias, who represented the Minister of Aviation, said it was a rare display of honesty, adding that it was “a huge integrity and trust exhibited by Usuah”.
He said that with that act, the country’s image was being corrected, adding that everybody should be involved in the image management of the country.
Elias said the aviation ministry would organise a dinner in his honour to show to the world that integrity paid. Items often recovered by taxi drivers at the airport include handsets, books, laptops travelling bags among others.
Honestly I feel they should have given him more money. Most drivers won’t return that money.