Mrs. Ugwu first came to the attention of some of us when Ikem Okuhu wrote about her, consequently, Ekundayo Awe spearheaded a fundraiser to appreciate her for her integrity.

Today, Mrs. Ugwu was appreciated by President Buhari with a house key and national recognition. Whatever you do, keep at it. A day will come when your works will speak for or against you.

Read what Omokugbo Ojeifo wrote about Mrs. Ugwu.

“In 2006, Ms Josephine Ugwu’s monthly salary was N12,000 but she found and returned over N10 million at Enugu Airport where she was working as a cleaner. In 2014, she found and returned N8 million at Lagos Airport. In the same year, she found and returned N7 million at the same airport. In 2015, she found and returned $12 million from the same airport and in 2019 she found and returned N200,000 at the private wing of MMA. The story sounds like fairy tale but it’s true.

Ms Ugwu is the last of 12 children of her parents. She lost her mother when she was 8 months old. She grew up having an uneasy life but she has proven herself over the years in her place of work as a woman of honesty and integrity. Today, President Muhammadu Buhari recognised the exemplary honesty and worthy conduct of Ms. Ugwu and presented her with a house key while declaring open a 2-day National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Service organised by ICPC.

How did they say it when we were in secondary school? “Honesty is the best policy.” The Bible says a good name is to be more esteemed than riches.

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