Vice-President of Ghana Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has rewarded the taxi driver who returned an amount of ¢8,000 to a fishmonger who forgot her money in his car.
The gesture comes after a video showing the moment Ackon handed over the cash to the rightful owner went viral Wednesday, May 11.
The honest driver had since been at the receiving end of encomiums from the owner of the money, her family, social media, and now the vice-president.
Dr Bawumia donated ¢20,000 to the driver, who has been identified as Isaac Ackon, after a video of his act of integrity went viral.
In an interview with The Fourth Estate after receiving his reward, Mr Akon said the incident happened on Easter Saturday, April 16.
According to him, he pulled up at Mallam Atta Market in Accra New Town around 8 pm, where a potential passenger had flagged him to a stop.
The trader wanted a taxi to Teshie, and after negotiating a fare of ¢40, he began a trip to make sales to feed his wife and three children.
He noted that after ending another day, he was checking through his car when he found a cloth tied over something.
“The cloth was dirty, like a rag. It smelled of fish. I wanted to throw it away,” he said on Wednesday. But restrained by a bit of curiosity, he unwrapped it and found several notes. It was money.
“I didn’t count the money; I just knew I had to return it. So after worshipping at my church, on Easter Sunday, I drove to Teshie to give it back.”
Asked what pushed him to do it, he said his religion, Christianity, did not permit him to do otherwise.
“If you are a Christian, you should always differentiate yourself from non-Christians,” he told The Fourth Estate.