A female cleaner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA),
Ikeja, Lagos, identified as Charity Bassey, has returned a total of
$6,000 valued at over N2 million, which she found inside a nylon bag in
The cleaner, who is an employee
of Lakewood Development Company, which is into janitorial services, was
on duty at the departure wing of the airport when she picked up the item
from the floor.
She disclosed that she was standing in front of the toilet when a passenger drew her attention to something inside the toilet.
went in and saw the small black nylon on the floor. It looked dirty and
rough, you won’t know it is money that was inside it. I picked it, felt
some notes inside and took it to the customer care. I was given a glove
to bring out the contents and I counted 60 pieces of $100 dollar
When asked what was the reward for her honesty, she said
nothing. “Nobody gave me anything, the manager, company or even the
owner who later came back looking for the money. I am however, not
discouraged as I do my best to do a good job with clear conscience.
is not the first time I am picking up forgotten items like wallets,
phones, small bags and even money. I have always returned them to the
frontline desk or customer care desk,” she said.
Guardian reports that the Managing Director of Lakewood Development
Company, Sam Nchezor, said the management was happy with Charity’s
honesty and is set to appreciate her gesture.
He said; “Some
others would have picked the money and walked away, she can’t be traced
to it. What could only happen is to indict everybody working there, but
we thank her for her honesty, for picking up the money and handing it
over to the management of ASL.
“We are going to compensate her,
give her some money and also increase her salary. It is left for the
management of ASL and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to
reward her. We are proud of her.”