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President Buhari to confer awards on prominent Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently attending an event to confer awards on former President, Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians, under the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS).

The event, which is taking place in the Conference room of the Presidential Villa, Abuja,  will also see 16 state governors, including Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Service Chiefs honored with various awards for their service to country.

NEAPS was set up to recognise distinguished public service to Nigeria, either contributions to individuals, state or local community, or the public through excellence in leadership, service, or humanitarianism.

To be eligible, the recipient must be a living public official or a private citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence, in good character standing, and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation.

The individual must also show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor