The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has honoured an Abuja taxi driver, Hudu Idris, who returned a wallet containing a large sum and other belongings left in his taxi by a commuter.
A statement signed by NOA Spokesman, Paul Odenyi, in Abuja on Friday stated that the honour was given to the driver in the spirit of “Do The Right Thing” campaign.
The Director-General of NOA, Mike Omeri, expressed happiness over the driver’s behaviour, saying “it is high time our society began to recognise those who exhibit positive values.”
Mr. Omeri said values, such as honesty, responsibility and trustworthiness, would encourage others to look up to people with such attitudes as role models.
He said the agency therefore deemed it fit to honour Mr. Idris, the driver, for his honesty.
Mr. Idris was given a Civic Responsibility Award, which conferred on him the status of a Civic Responsibility Ambassador, as well as N30,000 cash reward.
Iye Amana, the owner of the money and other valuables, said she left her wallet and other items in the cab out of excitement over her graduation from school.
The graduate of Bingham University, Nasarawa State, said the driver traced her with the documents she left in the cab and returned them intact.
Ms. Amana’s father, Eddy Amana, a former Executive Director of the Nigeria Television Authority, said the family was overwhelmed by the honesty of the driver.
He said the family decided to reward him with a 32-inch LCD television, a full year subscribed satellite decoder and N50,000 cash.
Expressing his appreciation for the gesture, Mr. Idris pledged to remain a worthy example for Nigerians.
He said although he had no money to fuel his taxi and needed to make returns on the day of the incident, he was moved by the desire to do good.