Akwa Ibom Tricycle Operator Honoured For Returning Missing Money
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
A good name, the Holy Bible says, is to be desired than great wealth.
A tricycle (Keke NAPEP) operator in Akwa Ibom State, Kingsley Isong, has been honoured by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, for a rare show of honesty, sincerity and patriotism by returning a missing sum of over N3,000,000 to the owner.
Kingsley, who hails from Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, did not allow his low income background to tempt him to keeping the money for himself, despite several enticements by his friends even policemen in his neighbourhood, according to him.
The owner of the money, he said, only gave him N500 out of the said amount but he was never discouraged as that was not the first money he found and returned.
Kingsley’s show of patriotism was recognised on Friday, 9 March, 2018 by Gov Udom Emmanuel, represented by the Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Hon. Akan Okon, who presented him a dummy cheque for the sum of N400,000 during an event organised by the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management (Dakkada), to presentation cheques to Dakkada beneficiaries.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Sam Edoho, in his speech, noted the event was held in order to fulfil the promise Governor Udom Emmanuel made at the Dakkada Business Forum during the State 30th anniversary celebration, to give start up grants to some Akwa Ibomites who exhibited the Dakkada virtues of integrity and entrepreneurship.
The promise was on Friday, fulfilled at the Ibom Plaza. The beneficiaries were Blessing Emah who produces the powder form of Ekpang Nkukwo, a modernised and simplified the process of preparing the Ekpang Nkukwu meal. She received the sum of N1 million. Another beneficiary was Samuel Asuquo, a recharge card retail agent. He was given the sum of N1 million.
Highpoint of the event included Dakkada Creed recitation competition, dancing competition, music performances by Sir Wilker Jackson and Plaza reggae star, and comedy.
The event was graced by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Engr. Uffot Ebong; Assistant Director, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources, Mr Udeme Etukeyen; Special Assistants to the Governor on Mobilisation/Citizenship Education, Public Relations and Research, Project Monitoring, Diaspora, Mr Imeh Uwah, Mrs Lydia Udoh, Mr Louis Udom, and Mr Joe Ekukudoh respectively, and Uyo LG Vice Chairman, Amb. Udeme Emmanuel Ukai.