Driver rewarded for returning N1.4m to owner   

Driver rewarded for returning N1.4m to owner  


Driver rewarded for returning N1.4m to owner   

From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu


A commercial driver in Yobe State, Malam Umar Kiri has been rewarded by the state government for his honesty to return the sum of N1, 380,000 to its rightful owner last week.


Malam Kiri found the money in a bag beside the road while on transit from Damaturu to Gashua.

It was gathered that the old hardworking driver depends only on commercial driving as his means of livelihood with one wife, six children and two elderly dependents.

According to reports, Malam Kiri sometimes finds it very difficult to afford three square meals for his family and always unable to provide for his children’s education.

Despite his financial challenges, Kari chose to remain an honest man even when he had the opportunity to enrich himself fraudulently.

It was in recognition of this rare sterling quality that Network for Yobe Civil Society Organisations, (NYCSO), identified Malam Kiri and presented to him an Award of Excellence as ‘Ambassador of Honesty and Contentment.’

Similarly, the state governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni has in the interim provided cash support and food items to sustain Malam Kiri’s household for at least six months for his rare show of honesty and integrity.

The cash support and food palliatives were handed over to Kiri through the Northeast Development Commission, Yobe State Focal Person/Coordinator, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Abbas on behalf of the governor.

Comrade Baba Shehu, the Executive Director of NYCSO alongside his entire team witnessed the handing over of the support to Malam Kiri.

The beneficiary appreciated Governor Buni and NYCSO for the support, saying the gesture has further encouraged him to uphold firmly the tenets of honesty, integrity and to be God-fearing in all his endeavours.

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