By Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe
Lagos—National Orientation Agency, NOA, yesterday honoured the airport cleaner, Miss Josephine Agwu who returned N12miilion that was forgotten by a passenger with the Citizens Responsibility Recognition award at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.
Director General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri presented the award and a national flag to Miss Agwu for her display of honesty.
Mr. Omeri said that the airport cleaner, painted the image of the country in a good light which had hitherto been tainted by the conduct of a few Nigerians.
According to him, government was honouring her for doing the right thing adding that her conduct was in line with the new slogan of the agency. He also said that the agency would not relent in rewarding Nigerians that exhibit such honesty.
He urged the airport staff to continue to display such exemplary conduct which is the traditional way of life of Nigerians.
According to Omeri, the airport cleaner has joined the league of other honest Nigerians including Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State, who was rewarded for apprehending a traffic offender.
He added that other Nigerians including a cab operator in Abuja who have returned money in the past have been rewarded with the citizen’s responsibility recognition ward.
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 good conduct of 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. Many people have been given this recognition in the past, and we hope it will serve as a platform for honour.” he said.
Omeri said the conduct of the airport cleaner has opened fresh vistas for the company where she work, which has a good reputation, with the attendant capacity to attract investment.
He said “This is a good develop, if this happens in other countries, it shows the company where she is working has good reputation, which could attract more investors and even open opportunities for advertisements. Therefore I urge Nigerians to invest in this company.”
Also speaking, Regional Manager, South West Airports, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. Remi Aromiwura said that the authority was excited over the conduct of the cleaner, which is enough evidence that the environment is safe for passengers and users of its facilities.