By Sunday Aloba, Ado Ekiti
A pensioner in Ekiti State, Mrs. Mary Omotoso, has returned the sum of N1.78 million thatwas wrongfully paid into her account by the State Pensions Commission.
For the display of rare honesty, Governor Ayo Fayose rewarded Mrs. Omotoso, a retired Chief Nurse Officer with the Local Government Service Commission, with a cash gift of N100,000.
Receiving the retiree at the Government House on Thursday, Fayose also appealed to those who might have been wrongfully paid money to return such urging others to emulate Mrs. Omotoso.
Fayose said: “I commend your honesty and it is good to appreciate people who do well. When we do that. We are encouraging others to do same.
“Some people tend to do evil because those doing well are not appreciated. Those who have been wrongfully credited with money that is not theirs should pay back.”
Mrs Omotoso who thanked Fayose for the recognition explained that said few days before Christmas, she got a credit alert from her bank paying nearly N1.8 million to her.
She said: “Though I am on monthly pension, I knew that was a mistake as my monthly pension is not up to that. I waited for the bank t?o retrieve the money back, but that did not happen.
“Few days after that I got the alert for my monthly pension. I went to the Pensions Commission to report matter and I was given an account number to pay the money to.
“Did a bank draft and paid the money to that account.
“Though I’m a retiree, I don’t take what does not belong to me. I believe God will always meet my needs.”