Airport Cleaner Finds, Returns N7 Million

Airport Cleaner Finds, Returns N7 Million 1

Salami Ibrahim, a staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), who found and returned a wallet containing foreign currency totalling N7.3 million while cleaning an aeroplane has been rewarded for his honesty. Ibrahim, a cabin cleaning team leader, found the wallet containing £25,000 and €5,000 inside an aircraft at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Lagos, during a routine cleaning exercise.

Impressed with his show of honesty, the management of Turkish Airlines has rewarded Ibrahim with an all-expenses paid return trip to Istanbul, Turkey; despite the fact that the plane in question is not one of theirs.

Managing Director of the airline in Nigeria, Ali Bulut, said: “This is an act that should be rewarded and encouraged because it is good for the aviation industry in Nigeria. Even though the incident did not take place on Turkish Airlines’ aircraft, we are happy that it happened at least in the industry.
Where I come from, good behaviour is rewarded even if it is not directly to you. We appreciate Ibrahim so much, and this is worthy of emulation for other aviation personnel that they must be trusted at all times and that good gesture such as this will surely be rewarded.”

This is the second time that Ibrahim is returning money found while cleaning aircrafts. On September 11, 2009, he found another wallet in an aircraft containing cash and returned it to the owner. A letter of commendation was given to him by NAHCO then.

You can imagine the first time sef, na letter dem carry give the young man…Although dem no try well, he still went ahead with his honest lifestyle. Oya make u read on (sorry for interrupting)…
He expressed gratitude to Turkish Airlines for giving him the chance for the vacation. “When I found the wallet inside the aircraft while cleaning it, I submitted it to security and airline personnel; and the passenger came to collect the wallet in my presence. I want to thank Turkish Airlines for rewarding me on this,” he said.

He was rewarded with an all-expenses paid return trip to Istanbul, Turkey by the management of Turkish Airlines. Do you think this reward was good enough? What about the owner of the money? The news report did not say anything about the owner giving him some reward too.

So let me ask you, “If you found N7.3 million and nobody is watching you, what would you do???”
Imagine what this huge amount of money can do in this difficult time – N7.3 million is no small cash at all. Just imagine what you can do with it, buy a house, invest in capital market, relocate to abuja, travels oversea, the list is endless.

This is one report that goes a long way to show that there are still huge number of good people in Nigeria.

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