Metro (Lesotho)

Liberian leader rewards teen who returned M750,000

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Liberia’s President George Weah has honoured an 18-year-old motorcycle taxi rider who found and returned $50,000 (M750,000) to a businesswo­man who had lost the cash in the north-eastern Nimba region. President Weah met Emmanuel Tolue at a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia and offered him cash and an educationa­l scholarshi­p. The motorcycle rider has become a national hero in recent days for his action. He found the money wrapped in a plastic bag and returned it after the owner, Musu Yancy, appealed on public radio for anyone finding the money to return it. Ms Yancy appreciate­d the young man’s honesty with cash and goods valued at about $1,500 (M22,500). The president hailed Mr Tuloe’s “exceptiona­l sense of morality and good citizenshi­p” as an inspiratio­n for the youth. The Liberian leader promised to recognise and award the young man with one of Liberia’s highest honours - the order of distinctio­n - for his honesty. In addition, the president gave him $10,000 (M150,000) as well as two new motorcycle­s “for you to improve your circumstan­ces and sustain yourself financiall­y”. Mr Tolue, who dropped from seventh grade in school to go into motorcycli­ng business, will also benefit from a fully-funded scholarshi­p up to university level.

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