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BON Donates 1000 Face Masks, Organizes Celebrity Calls To Mark Children’s Day [Photos]

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The Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards, the most consistent movie industry award in Nigeria, recently made good its promise to donate custom-made facemask for 1000 children in Ekiti State in commemoration of this year’s Children’s Day celebration.

The 1000 pieces of BON branded facemasks, which was delivered to the state government and shared with the excited kids, were parts of the corporate social responsibility activities of BON Awards in helping the government fight the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

According to the founder of BON Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, the usual book reading by the host state’s first lady on Children’s Day had to be replaced with the donations because of the pandemic.

“This is our own little way of giving back to the society that has given so much to us.

“As a tradition, BON Awards organizes book reading for the kids on Children’s Day, which is usually anchored by the hosting state first lady. But unfortunately this year, we had to suspend this due to the COVID-19 pandemic and support the government in its fight against the virus.

“And we thought to ourselves, what better way to celebrate the children than teaching them that coronavirus is real, while also teaching them the best practice to staying safe,” he said.

And to add glamour to the event, a popular Nollywood actress, Jumoke Otedola, coordinated the donation.

While not stopping at that, the organizers of Best of Nollywood Awards also ensured that the Children’s Day celebration was a day to remember for children from other parts of the country by organizing celebrity call-in for the children.

“We understood that most children would not be going outdoor to have fun on a special day, so we decided to still make them happy by giving them the opportunity to chat with popular Nollywood actors and actresses.

“And over 2000 exited children had their wishes fulfilled as they bantered with twenty-five (25) Nollywood stars,” Oloketuyi concluded.

BON Awards is a leading movie industry award event, which annually rewards outstanding achievements in Nollywood. This year’s edition, which is scheduled to hold in Ekiti State, has set June 30 as the deadline for entries.

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You Are Incapacitated, Hand Over To Me; Ondo Deputy Gov Tells Akeredolu

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Agboola Ajayi, deputy governor of Ondo state, has asked Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor, to hand over to him.

Akeredolu has been in isolation since Tuesday when he tested positive for COVID-19.

While announcing that he would be going into isolation, the governor appealed to the people to keep safe and observe the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

However, he was silent about transmitting power to his deputy.

When the issue of handing over to the deputy governor was raised at a media briefing on Friday, Donald Ojogho, commissioner for information, said the governor will never allow Ajayi to take control of the state.

“Handing over the governance of the state to Agboola is a non-issue and we are not even considering that. I know as a matter of fact that nobody would want to do that… He (deputy governor) has created an unusual scenario upon which he wanted to climb into the next step in his political ambition and we have seen this as a misadventure. We cannot toil with what we have built over the years. We cannot risk and attempt to hand over to someone who has exhibited the widest scenario of betrayal. So, it is unthinkable,” he had said.

But in a statement on Saturday, Ajayi said he ought to be the acting governor since Akeredolu has been partially incapacitated.

He said the refusal of the governor to allow him to take charge of the state amounts to a “flagrant disregard for the country’s constitution”.

“Section 190 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is apposite in the prevailing constitutional aberration in Ondo State,” Ajayi said in a statement Allen Sowore, his spokesman, issued on his behalf.

“However, it should be noted, that Mr Governor is at liberty to handover or not within 21 days after which the constitution becomes operational.

“Ostensibly, the refusal and failure of Mr Governor to handover the running of government to his deputy, while he is temporarily incapacitated in self- isolation, underscore his absolute disregard for our nation’s supreme document, 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the tenets of rule of law.

“The Governor’s position is a spite on the Ondo State people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold.

“Governor Akeredolu’s deliberate mounting of obstacles to smooth running of government machinery while he’s in self-isolation as a result of the fact that he has been tested positive for the COVID-19 privileges the hypocritical nature of Ondo State government’s war against the ravaging pandemic.”

Akeredolu and Ajayi have been having a running battle, which reached its height when the deputy governor resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor had fired all the aides attached to Ajayi’s office and his police escort was withdrawn until Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police intervened.

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COVID-19: Ex-LASIMRA Boss, Jide Odekunle, Dies At Lagos Isolation Center

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Chief Jide Odekunle, immediate past General Manager of LASIMRA during the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Lagos State, has died.

The top socialite reportedly died of Coronavirus complications at the Onikan isolation center.

He was also the former secretary of the Ikoyi Club.

He was until his death the Bobagunwa of Egbaland.

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JUST IN: Ebonyi Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.

This was contained in a statement personally signed by him on Saturday.

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