Director-General, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr Mike Omeri yesterday presented Citizens Responsibility Recognition Award to a cleaner at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, Ms Josephine Ugwu, for returning N12million found in a toilet at the airport.
The NOA DG 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 the airport cleaner had redeemed the image of the country which has been tainted by the conduct of a few Nigerians.
Omeri said the agency would not relent in rewarding Nigerians who had exhibited such honest conduct in the discharge of their duties.
He urged airport staff to continue to display such exemplary conduct which he said was the traditional way of life of Nigerians.
The DG noted that 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.
Other Nigerians, including a cab operator in Abuja who had returned money in the past, had been rewarded with the citizen’s responsibility recognition ward, he said.
Omeri stated that “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.”
In his remarks, the regional manager, South West Airports, FAAN, Mr Remi Aromiwura said the airport 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.
He urged other airport workers to emulate the conduct of the cleaner, which has brought honour to the airport.

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