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Messi Hits Brace as Barcelona Win First Trophy In Two Years

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Messi Hits Brace as Barcelona Win First Trophy In Two Years

Barcelona comfortably defeated Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Spanish Copa Del Rey title at the Estadio De La Cortuja in Seville on Saturday night.

Bilbao lost the league cup final, no thanks to a flurry of second-half goals from Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie De Jong and a masterclass from Lionel Messi who scored twice.

The Spanish cup win earns Barcelona their first trophy since the 2018/19 season.

It is also the first trophy of Ronald Koeman’s reign as Barca manager.

The Catalans dominated the first half with 80 percent possession and went close early on Through De Jong who hit the bar, while Griezmann was also denied by Uniai Simeon, Athletic Goalkeeper, in a goalless first half.

Simeon continued to frustrate Barcelona but they opened the floodgates on the hour mark when Griezmann converted de Jong’s cross.

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De Jong, Dutch midfielder, doubled Barca’s lead three minutes later with a header from Jordi Alba’s cross before Messi delivered a trademark goal into the bottom corner on 68 minutes.

The 33-year-old argentine Maestro earned his brace against their docile opponents five minutes later, converting another alba cross for his 31st goal in a cup final.

The latest Copa Del Rey triumph is a record-extending 31st for Barcelona.

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Rivers State Govt. Approves N5bn for Development of Medical Facilities

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Rivers State Govt. Approves N5bn for Development of Medical Facilities

The Executive Council of the Rivers State Government on Wednesday approved over N5 Billion Naira required for the revamping of the Prof. Kersley Harrison Hospital and the Dental and Maslofacial Hospital located in Port Harcourt.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Commissioner for Health, Princewill Chike said, the approved sum will be spent on renovation, rehabilitation and installation of medical equipment at the health facilities.

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The Commissioner said the work at the Prof. Kersley Harrison hospital is expected to last for a period of thirteen months and when completed, it will be an affiliate of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, to add to the training of medical doctors and medical personnel.

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Chike also speaking about the approval given for the revamp of the Dental and Maslofacial Hospital, said when completed it will also be affiliated to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital for the training of medical personnel.

The Health Commissioner who equally lamented that the figures Covid-19 cases in the state has continued to grow, called on residents to avoid crowdy area, wash their hands regularly and also wear their facemasks.

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Akwa Ibom Governor Signs the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law

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Akwa Ibom Governor Signs the Anti-Grazing Bill into Law

Akwa lbom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has signed into Law a bill to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches in the state.

The Speaker, Aniekan Bassey, with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom (SAN), presented the bill for signing on Wednesday at the State Executive Chambers, in the Governor’s Office, Uyo.

The governor, after signing the bill into law, stated that the new law was no respecter of persons irrespective of status or calibre.

He instructed relevant authorities of government to ensure that, the bill is implemented and enforced to the letter with strict compliance, stressing that, culprits must be brought to book accordingly.

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The new law will promote modern techniques in animal husbandry, prevent the destruction of farms by wandering cattle while reducing clashes and killings between herders and farmers in the state.

It will also promote international best practices in livestock administration, regulation and control in the state, among other things.

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Doctors Strike: Court Fixes Sept 17 For Ruling, As Parties Agree to Negotiation

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Court Fixes Sept 17 For Ruling, As Parties Agree to Negotiation

The National Industrial Court has fixed September 17th to rule on the application of jurisdiction and contempt of court, filed by both the Federal Government and the Association of Nigerian Resident Doctors.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to the striking resident doctors, Femi Falana (SAN), told the court that he had an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case.

The counsel to the Federal Government, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), however, pointed out that the issue of contempt of the court, by the resident doctors, should be heard first, before that of the jurisdiction.

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He added that there was an order by the court that the resident doctors and the Federal Government should suspend all hostilities and maintain the status quo, but the doctors did not obey the court order.

According to him, the strike action, embarked upon on August 2 by the resident doctors has wreaked untold suffering on the citizenry, amounting to numerous deaths of persons.

After listening to the submission of both parties, Justice Bashar Alkali fixed September 17 to rule.

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