Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has praised a taxi driver for returning Ghc8,000 to a fishmonger who had left her money in his car.
After a video of the driver’s act of integrity went viral, Dr. Bawumia donated GHc20,000 to Isaac Ackon, the driver.
Three people, including the victim, embraced the taxi driver and thanked him in a video shared on Twitter by Sir Alby.
“We thank you, God,” one said. Another added, “We haven’t slept all night. We are grateful you returned it, Sir. Thank you very much.”
Mr Akon said the event happened on Easter Saturday, April 16, in an interview with The Fourth Estate after obtaining his reward.
Around 8 p.m., he arrived at Mallam Atta Market in Accra New Town, where a potential passenger had signaled him to come to a halt.
The trader needed a taxi to Teshie, so he negotiated a rate of 40 and set out on a sales mission to support his wife and three children.
He mentioned that he was going through his car after finishing another day and came upon a rag knotted over something.
“The cloth was dirty, like a rag. It smelled of fish. I wanted to throw it away,” he said on Wednesday. But, compelled by curiosity, he unwrapped it and discovered many 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.”
When asked what drove him to do it, he stated his religion, Christianity, forbade him from doing anything else.
“If you are a Christian, you should always differentiate yourself from non-Christians,” he told The Fourth Estate.