Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and others are at the Presidential villa, Abuja to receive the Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS).
The awards are being conferred on a total of 44 prominent Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari.The event taking place in the Conference room of the Presidential Villa.
A total of 16 state governors, including Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs are being honoured with various awards for their services.
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 be eligible, the recipient must be a living Public Official or a private a 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 show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively.