The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Thursday gave a taxi driver, Mr. Imeh Usuah, a N30,000 award in Abuja for returning N18 million left in his car by a passenger.
NOA Director-General, Mr. Mike Omeri, said these in Abuja while giving the award of N30,000 to Usuah for his honesty and patriotism by returning N18 million to the rightful owner.
The taxi driver was given an award for his courage to do the right thing when most people would have seen the money as a way to enrich themselves.
Omeri said every Nigerian who does good deeds will be honoured by the agency.
The NOA DG, who eulogised the exemplary life of the taxi driver, said every Nigerian “who toed the path of honesty and displayed a rare integrity must be celebrated.”
Omeri said the award would be given to any Nigerian, irrespective of status or class that showed act that depicted the values and culture of Nigeria.
The DG said that those harbouring a negative idea about Nigerians should change their impression, adding that peace, honesty and love should be taken as “a Nigerian factor.”
He said that for Usuah, a taxi driver, to have returned N18 million showed that Nigeria still had men and women of integrity.
Usuah, who plies Airport Road, Abuja said he was at the car wash when he discovered there was a bag left behind by a man he had earlier dropped off at a hotel.
He said he immediately returned it.
“My mind went back to the man whom I dropped at the hotel and I immediately alerted my chairman.
“He instructed me to go back to the place where I dropped him. I saw him and delivered his bag to him,” the taxi driver said.
Mr. Oche Elias, who represented the Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, said it was a rare display of honesty.
He added, “”It was a huge act of integrity and trust exhibited by Usuah.”
He said that with that act, the country’s image was being corrected. He also urged all Nigerians to be involved in the management of the country’s image.
Elias said the aviation ministry would organise a dinner in the taxi driver’s honour to show to the world that integrity pays.