Mrs Josephine Ugwu,the cleaner who found and returned N12 million at the Lagos Int’l airport will not forget Monday,the 9th day of March in a hurry,because it was a day that a Lagos- based Humanitarian organization,Voice of Change Network Int’l, decided to put a smile on her face.While some commended her for her honesty in returning the said amount considering the fact that she was earning a paltry sum of #7800 in a month,others have taken to calling her some derogatory names,condemning her for her seeming “stupidity” in not taking the money for herself.
However,a Non-Denominational,Non-Religious,and Non-Governmental Organization,Voice of Change Network,decided to practically demonstrate their support and approval of the woman’s act of honesty and integrity by visiting her at her work station,and presenting a cash gift to her .
Speaking at the occasion,the International Coordinator of the organization,Mr Gregory Azemobor said “Our mission as an organization is to encourage people all over the world to do good.Anyone who follows his/her conscience and does good to his brother and sister is a celebrity.Josephine is a celebrity.In fact,she is the true celebrity,because she has taught the world that it’s possible to maintain one’s integrity in a corrupt,greedy,and selfish world.Our mission is to raise a generation of men and women who will propagate,promote and model positive character and virtue in all areas of life.We are here to create a relationship with her,because we want to know her better,where she lives,her children,so we could empower them,and assist them materially and otherwise.She is a true heroine.We are looking for more people like this who will stand for what is right”
Speaking further, Mr Azemobor said ” what we are doing today is to appreciate, celebrate and reward good conduct and we sincerely hope that this gesture will inspire others to toe the line of moral uprightness. we need people like Mrs Ugwu in position of authority who will not selfishly enrich themselves at the detriment of the welfare of others”
He also called on public spirited individual to do likewise in appreciating a moral icon in the person of Mrs Josephine Ugwu
Mrs Ugwu , who is an employee of PATOVILKI industrial cleaning company, on the 23rd of January 2015, while going about her normal cleaning activities at the passenger lounge of the airport had found a package containing some dollars and other foreign currencies totaling 12 million Naira. Knowing fully well that the money was forgotten or misplaced by a passenger, She according to the orientation she was given when she got the job about three years ago,took the money to the security who informed the airport authorities. Ironically, the owner of the money surfaced some minutes later, and after ensuring the money was complete, just took a long look at Mrs Ugwu, and walked away, without a word of appreciation. What a world!
Responding to the superlative show of love and goodwill, Mrs Ugwu thanked the coordinator and members of Voice of Change for the cash gift and words of encouragement. She also reiterated her decision and determination to live right and to continue in doing good.