Regional News of Saturday, 22 March 2014
A needy young man who found and helped return an amount of GHS2,400 to its rightful owner after it was left in a taxi cab has been inundated with gifts and an outpouring of goodwill. 35-year-old Collins Arhin, unemployed, has bagged cash and pledges in excess of GHS8,000 from his uncommon honesty, plus a real estate company has offered him a plot of land and 20 bags of cement to start building his own house. To top it all, Collins’ landlord who was virtually chasing him for an outstanding rent, has written off his indebtedness.
Collins was owing his landlord an amount of GHS800 being part of his rent. He had managed to convince a friend to lend him the amount.
On his way to collect the loan he boarded a taxi alongside other passengers, and just before he alighted he realized one of his co-passengers had left an amount of GHS2,400 in an Agricultural Development Bank-branded polythene bag.
Collins took the money to Peace FM for an announcement in an attempt to trace the owner, and after spending a considerable amount of time, a lady showed up to claim the cash. It turned out that the money was a loan the lady had taken from the bank to boost her failing business.
She was made to pay for the announcement, and proceeded to offer Collins GHS100 for his kind gesture. Collins then followed up to the friend’s end to collect the loan, but as fate would have it, the friend dismissed him after learning that he had chanced upon a handsome cash but returned it to its supposed owners.
Collins’ story, originally reported on Tuesday by The Insight newspapers’ Christian Kpesese, recounts how Collin’s friend told him; “How foolish can you be? You needed money to pay your rent and God gave it to you, but foolishly decided to hand it over to a stranger. You will continue to suffer and God will not come to your aid again.”
As it turned out, God disposed of the friend’s proposition, for when The Insight publication was reviewed on Accra-based Radio Gold, listener after listener, some well-known individuals, offered one gift after another, mainly cash pledges.
The first person offered him the amount he needed for the rent, another offered GHS1,000, then another 50% of the rent, and another GHS200, and before long the list of donors was growing too long to be accommodated on the radio programme.
Collins, a member of the Pure Fire Miracle Church at Kisseiman, Accra, who was at this time overwhelmed by emotions and shedding tears of joy, only managed to offer prayers for the welfare of his benefactors, saying he had no idea what reward God was offering him.
The donations and pledges totaled GHS8,150 by the time the programme ended.
He told the Daily Graphic, “Oh, my landlord says I should not pay the rent anymore. Initially he did not believe my story until he heard the discussions.”
A Social Science product of the University of Education, Winneba, Collins previously worked as an administrator of the Sam-J Specialist Hospital at Haatso, Accra but which he quit following a misunderstanding with a patient for which he served a month suspension.
He has since reunited with his friend who turned him away for letting go what he thought was God’s plan to get him out of his predicament.
“He says I was right in returning the money and that it was the best decision.”