Reporter : CHUKWUMA EZEOGU
The Enugu State Government has presented a cash reward of one million naira to Mrs. Josephine Chukwujama-Eze for returning =N=13,946,400 (thirteen million, nine hundred and forty six thousand, four hundred naira) remitted to her account in error.
The State Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, after a closed door meeting at her office handed over the cash to the woman for her rare gesture. Princess Nnaji, who commended the woman for her honesty, expressed the need for individuals in the society to imbibe such attributes worthy of emulation.
“This is the kind of culture we are inculcating in all our women, men, young boys and girls.
“What we are witnessing today is heartwarming and thought provoking. It is something memorable and substantial. This is a woman, Mrs. Josephine Chukwujama-Eze, who to the greatest chagrin of so many people had the sum of N13,946,400.00, mistakenly credited to her Bank Account. And immediately she saw it, she quickly alerted her husband and they went to the bank and returned the money to the rightful owner.
“We all know that times are hard these days, especially with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. It is not that she is very comfortable; she is a teacher in a mission school and look at what she has done. This is a real character and Enugu State Government wants to appreciate her for what she has done. His Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has directed that she should be rewarded with the sum of one million naira,” Nnaji said.
Responding, Mrs. Chukwujama-Eze, who was overwhelmed with joy, thanked the state government for the reward. According to her, “I was just being my normal self. I never knew that what I was doing will get to this extent. I did what I feel I should do. I did this just to clear my conscience.”
Mrs. Josephine Chukwujama-Eze, a teacher with a mission school in Enugu, who was accompanied to the venue by her husband, is an indigene of Enugu Ezike, in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.