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The ICON celebrates at 3, launches Foundation

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The ICON Publications, publishers of The ICON and The ICON Online, will be rolling out the drums to mark its third anniversary in grand style on Sunday, 30th October 2016.

According to the managing director of The ICON Publications, Mr. Julius Akpovire-Enyeh, some of the highlights of the event billed to take place at 10 Degrees Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos are the launching of The ICON Foundation and the unveiling of The ICON’s special edition.

“Three years ago, we began a journey which we knew would re-order the shape of Nigerian journalism and reportage in a positive way. We set out with a mission to affect our society with a balanced view in all our news items.

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“Our professionalism has led us this far, and The ICON now bestrides the newsstands as a colossus,” Mr Akpovire-Enyeh said about the publication.

The special guest of honour for the event is His Excellency, Sen. (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, executive governor of Delta State, while the chairman of the occasion is Prof. Osasere Faradey Orumwense, the vice chancellor of University of Benin. Dr Abraham Nwankwo, the director-general of the Debt Management Office (DMO) is expected to be the guest of honour.

The event will be anchored by comedian Okey Bakassi and MC Danni B.

The ICON Foundation is a non-governmental initiative aimed at giving back to the society through reaching out to the less-privileged. The foundation intends to support this set of people academically through the provision of necessary materials and finance to facilitate their education.

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The ICON special edition which will be available on the newsstands after the event is an all-gloss, all-colour publication with a potpourri of society, human angle, political and entertainment stories, most of which are not found anywhere else.

The ICON and The ICON Online, www.theicon.ng are currently leading credible Nigerian media platforms with the mission of bringing its readers accurate and reliable information without bias, about happenings within the nation and abroad.

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COVID-19 Relief Package: Pastor Adeboye Donates Another N20 Million To Osun State Government

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye has made another donation of N20million to the government of the State of Osun to support the state government’s effort to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the Osun residents.

Osun as at today, Friday April 3rd 2020 ranks 3rd amongst the states with confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 20 confirmed cases out of the total 198 confirmed cases in Nigeria as released by the NCDC.

The State no doubt would require all the support that it can get in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the Twenty Million Naira (N20m) support which was transferred into the Osun State Government dedicated COVID-19 account domiciled with UBA is considered a timely support in this fight against COVID-19.

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The General Overseer noted that by the donation, the mission “ acknowledge the efforts of the state government in curbing the spread of the Virus in the state and prayed that God would put an end to COVID 19, not just in Nigeria but in the entire world in the mighty name of Jesus”.

This new donation is coming just as Pastor Adeboye made a donation of 8,000 Hand Sanitizers, 8,000 Surgical Face Masks and 200,000 hand gloves to support the efforts of the Lagos state government in equipping the medical staff with necessary protective gears needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday, March 31, 2020 at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Centre.

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It’s noteworthy that Pastor Adeboye has always been committed to contributing to the wellbeing of humanity and in particular Nigerians of all tongue, religion and belief.

This has shown in his continuous generous giving in various areas long before the outbreak of COVID-19.

It will be recalled that ahead of the Corona virus pandemic, Pastor Adeboye through the RCCG CSR delivered on the commitment of the church to strengthen and support the health system by donating 11 ICU beds fully fitted with Ventilators in Lagos, Ogun and Plateau States these facilities have immensely contributed to government’s efforts in the care for persons with acute medical needs.

 

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Why I Disregarded President Buhari’s Order On Closure Of Border-Aregbesola

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Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed why he disregarded the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari as regards the closure of the Nigerian border.

Defending his decision to open the Nigerian border for returnees, Aregbesola said that every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”.

The former governor of Osun State also added that it is embarassing to deny citizens entry into their country.

Speaking while answering questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday, April 2, he revealed that the Nigerian government signed an international treaty “that says no human being is stateless.

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According to him, “Every citizen of every nation has the right to return to his fatherland whenever he or she wishes regardless of the situation, even at war.

“We have signed into an international treaty that says no human being is stateless,” he said. ”We cannot deny our citizens entry into our nation. If we do that it will be embarrassing and not speak well of our nation.

“It is difficult for us to aggregate our responsibility to our nationals who return by land border. When they get to our land border, what the accredited officials of state do is to first determine they are Nigerians.

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“Once the issue of their citizenship is determined, the governments are contacted to find out if they could isolate them in their isolation centres.”

Recall it was reported a few days ago that the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases in Osun State increased from 2 to 14 after 12 persons tested positive in two days. The 12 confirmed cases were among the 127 people that came into the state from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on Saturday, March 28.
 

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Who Is This Lola, Presidential Aide, Bashir Ahmad Ask

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Lolo Omotayo

If Lola Omotayo-Okoye had any claim to fame in the past, it has been trashed by presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad.

Following Lola’s outcry about the whereabouts of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, she has attracted criticisms from some people including Bashir Ahmad.

Lola Omotayo-Okoye had taken to social media to ask why Nigerians are being kept in the dark regarding the whereabouts of Kyari. She pointed out that there’s so much secrecy surrounding his whereabouts.

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In a video posted on social media, she said:  “Information is key. Do not lie to us. Do not keep away information.”

Reacting to Lola’s outcry, Ahmad reacted thus writing: “Though I really don’t know who this Lola is, but someone close to her should pls tell her to leave Abba Kyari to recuperate in peace, he’s in Lagos & responding well to treatment. If it’s caring she should also use the same energy to ask the whereabouts of other #COVID19 patients.”

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Lola Omotayo-Okoye who is the wife of singer Peter Okoye is also a mother.

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Below are reactions to Bashir’s tweet.

 

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