By Paul Mbagwu
The two security guards who found and returned a bag at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos have been rewarded by their company, Halogen Security Company Limited.
Daniel Achi, who found the bag and his supervisor, Francis Emepueaku, were on Thursday given N250, 000 each and scholarships to diploma programmes in security management and plaques.
Wale Olaoye, group managing director of Halogen Securities Limited, disclosed the rewards in an occasion to honour the two security men at Halogen office in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
Olaoye said that the action of the guards was a pointer that light could come out of Nigeria, appealing to other professional to emulate the high level of integrity demonstrated by Achi and Emepueaku.
Achi and Emepueaku were said to have been on duty at the new multi-level car park at the MMIA, on Saturday, August 18, when they found a bag containing a phone, large sum of money in dollar denomination as well as expensive gift items, and returned it to the owner, a lady who had just arrived Nigeria from the United States of America.
Commending the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), he said, “Today, what we may see as inconsequential has caught global attention. It is work in progress and we are in the pursuit of excellence. If FAAN didn’t give opportunities to Nigerians who have caught their teeth in their professional endeavours, we will not be celebrating what we are celebrating today.”
He pointed out that, if the two guards could make this positive impact at this level, then Nigeria must have wasted that capability to make the change.
He stressed that Halogen had a system that supported and monitored their staff wherever they might be, for the last 26 years.
In his remark, Saleh Dunoma, managing director of FAAN, expressed joy over the attitude of the two guards, saying recent repeated developments at the nation’s airports and other public places had been underscoring the truth that Nigerians were good, honest, hardworking and dedicated people.
Dunoma, who was represented by Salisu Daura, director, engineering services, said FAAN had a catalogue of feedback from elated airport users who had expressed joy and appreciation for what they were doing at the airport.
He said “today is another of such days, as two members of staff of Halogen Securities Limited, Mrssrs Francis Emepueaku and Achi Daniel have also distinguished themselves via the display of acts of honesty and exemplary conduct by retrieving, contacting and handing over a handbag full of valuables that were forgotten at the multi-storey car park to the owner.”
Achi said he joined Halogen over a year ago and had received commendations for his honesty several times.