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Airport cleaner gets N600,000, The Sun award for returning N12m

By Victor Gbonegun   |   23 February 2016   |   1:58 am
Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Yemi Adeola (left); Obiano; recipient, Ms Josephine Ugwu an Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, during the presentation of the cheque to Ugwu, in Lagos…at the weekend.

Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Yemi Adeola (left); Obiano; recipient, Ms Josephine Ugwu an Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, during the presentation of the cheque to Ugwu, in Lagos…at the weekend.

IT was another day of reward at the weekend for Mrs. Josephine Agwu, the airport cleaner who found $28,000 and other foreign currencies totaling about N12 million and refunded it to the owner early last year.

She was among the 19 eminent Nigerians that were honoured at the 2015 Sun Newspaper awards held in Lagos. Agwu bagged the ‘Sun Nigerian Hero 2015 award,’ which was accompanied with a cheque of N500,000 and an additional N100,000 for her rare display of honesty and discipline at a time some Nigerians were grabbing the headlines for the wrong reasons.

According to her, she was subjected to mockery from colleagues, friends and families for her uncommon gesture, even when her heroic act of honesty was not immediately rewarded by the owner of the recovered money at the time her monthly wage was N7,800 for a 12-hour day job.

But the accolades and recognition that has followed her uncommon act have paid off for the early criticisms she got, with the latest being the Sun award.

Agwu, who hails from Obonkpa, in Nsukka local council of Enugu State, while speaking with The Guardian said she never believed any other rewards would come her way. She, however, advised Nigerians to be contended with whatever little thing they have, a principle she says has sustained her through life.




  • Ogbonnaya Okike

    Under normal condition the owner of the found money and other items should reward Mrs. Agwu with not less than 5% of the total.

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