Gov Okezie Ikpeazu has rewarded a 15-year old boy, Chibuike Ibekwe, who dropped out of school and took to scavenging at the Ariaria Int. Market to assist his poor mother, Mrs Chika Ibekwe, a petty roadside trader, with scholarship and cash for his mother to improve her business.
While receiving Chibuike, his mother, and the chairman of Ariaria Int.Market, Elder Emeka Igara, at his native residence in Obingwa LGA, Gov Ikpeazu said; “Your name is Chibuike, and mine is Chibuike, too. I am happy you’ve proven to be very honest.
“Your today can’t decide your tomorrow because you are honest. You will go back to school. I will ensure you finish your secondary education because you are honest. If you remain honest, you will remain my friend and I will make sure you see me every month. What you have done by returning the goods to the owner is a mark of honor and proof of your honesty. Thank you, once again, Chibuike for being honest”, the Governor said.
Luck smiled on Chibuike, from Mbano in Imo State, the day one Mrs Goodness Uzoukwu, a trader in Ariaria, who deals in shoes and other wears, gave him a bag containing brand new shoes to dispose, thinking it was trash.
On discovering that the content of the bag was not trash but goods,he returned it back to Mrs Uzoukwu, refusing to listen to those that told him to sell the goods.
Getting to Mrs Uzoukwu’ s shop, she was happy, she rewarded him and made a video of Chibuike, thanked him for returning her goods and also posted the video on her Facebook page which in turn went viral.
When the attention of Governor Ikpeazu was brought to the video, he sent for Chibuike for a meeting with him saying that such honesty as displayed by the boy is what the society needs.