Although the level of corruption, greed and selfishness is to a high degree among Nigerians, but truth is, there are still few honest and sacrificial Nigerians, who would forgo personal interest for the common good of others, among whom is the Jawa Pharmaceutical gateman, Musa Usman.
For Musa Usman, an indigene of Giljimmi, in Birniwa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, who faithfully served the pharmaceutical company for a long period of Twenty-five years, the offer of a house as a parting gift from the company was not worth the pain the people of his community have been undergoing in sourcing water, and thus, he turned it down for a borehole for his community.
Speaking at the formal commissioning of the borehole in the community on Tuesday, 23 April 2019, his boss, Mr Varkey Verghese, managing director, Jawa Pharmaceuticals, said his decision for the parting gift was as a result of high degree of honesty exhibited by Usman while he was working for him, saying there was never a time when any of his items ever missed in the house for the period he had stayed with him.
Testifying to his faithfulness and honesty, the Jawa boss said, “Musa has served me diligently for 25 years. We will travel to India and leave our house under his care and behold, we will meet everything intact. He is indeed, an honest Nigerian.”
Also present at the occasion, was the Immediate Past President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, who commissioned the project and also commended Usman for his sacrificial love for his people, while he thanked Mr Verghese for his magnanimity, while urging other employers of labour to follow his good example.
In his response, Usman, expressed his profound gratitude to his boss for the kind gesture, saying there was no regret in rejecting the house offer.
Meanwhile, Usman’s community people, who hitherto had to trek long distance to fetch drinking water are now having drinking water in the community.