Yobe State government has rewarded a commercial driver identified as Malam Umar Kiri for his honesty.
Malam Kiri found the sum of N1,380,000 in a bag beside the road while on transit from Damaturu to Gashua and the old hardworking driver who depends only on commercial driving as his means of livelihood with one wife, six children, two elderly dependents and finds it very difficult to afford three square meals for his family, honestly returned the money to its rightful owner.
Despite his financial challenges, Kari who is unable to provide for his children’s education 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”.
Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni also provided cash support and food items to sustain Mal. Kiri’s household for at least 6 months for his rare show of honesty and integrity.
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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 Mal. Kiri.
The beneficiary appreciated Gov. 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 endeavors.