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Buhari confer awards on Jonathan, Wike, others

Muhammadu Buhari and Goodluck Jonathan share a joke at the State House, Abuja.

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

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

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

To qualify for recognition, the recipient must be a living Public Official or a private a citizen excelling in a given sphere of influence, in good character, standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation.

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

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