Mr. Chima Nwafo

Mr. Chima Nwafo

Nigerians to Pay More Tax Amid Collapsing Health Care System And Spike in COVID-19 Fatality

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BY CHIMA NWAFO The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has approved additional tax with greater  impact on the lower income group hit harder by the crippling effects of the coronavirus,  which infection and fatality rates are rising even as medical workers express concern  over the inability of government to contain the ravaging pandemic. But the Federal  Government’s reaction to the plight of the frontline workers articulated during the  warning strike ofthe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) does not show  sufficient understanding of the potential danger of the long neglected health delivery  system. On the state of affairs in the distressing healthcare system and the tribulations of  medicalworkers, Adelaja Adeoye told The Guardian: “The poor working conditions  are part of  the reasons they usually abandon Nigeria to seek greener pastures abroad, and this  makes our health sector to suffer.” A health expert noted: “Since the opening of interstate travels and increase in test  center, there has been significant daily rise in number of confirmed cases, admission and  death.The more the positive cases, the more the fix and makeshift facilities are  stretched,  so  also the available health workers. They, too, are human who must take care of their  health and so the absence of ideal or proper personal protective equipment (PPE) will  also hamper their response to work.” This understanding seems to be lacking by both the federal and state  governments given their reaction to the demands of health workers and level of investment in the health-care sector. Elsewhere in the world, in addition to adequate healthcare  system,  governments improve the working conditions of medical staff, including provision of  quality protective personal equipment and other necessary facilities as well as reducing ...
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Five Negative Implications of Overflowing Garbage Bins City Managers, Residents Must Prevent

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By Chima Nwafo As the fatality and infection figures of the coronavirus pandemic continues on an upward spiral, it was curious to read that the Federal Executive Council ...
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Why Flooding Remains A Recurring Menace In Nigeria’s Urban And Coastal Areas

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By Chima Nwafo One Igbo adage translates: A scheduled war does not claim the life of a cripple. But we live in a clime where advance warning makes ...
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South-East Still Sinking With Over 2,800 Gully Erosion Sites, Eight Years After World Bank-Funded NEWMAP

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By Chima Nwafo The day power brokers realise that the Nigeria project is still a work-in-progress; the country would start a steady move towards genuine socio-economic and political ...
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COVID-19 Fatality Rate In Europe: Scientists Blame Air Pollution, Likely Factor In Nigeria’s Infection Pattern

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For a government led by a political party formed by an aggregation of disparate political groupings, it may not be a surprise that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari ...
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Growing Menace Of Ecological Despoliation Federal And State Governments Brush Aside

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Chima Nwafo From desert encroachment up-North, the deepening erosion in the South-east, the raging flames of gas flaring and unmitigated pollution from oil exploration activities in the Niger ...
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Anxiety Over Mystery Deaths In Rivers Amid Pending Environmental Issues As Governors Focus On Coronavirus

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By Chima Nwafo Given the Nigerian government’s contempt for history public office-holders, particularly presidents and governors, often do not bother about the verdict of posterity. But one of ...
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Nigeria’s Multi-Billion Dollar WASH Projects Foreshadowed Covid-19 Demands, Now We’re Learning the Essence Of Hygiene

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BY CHIMA NWAFO Although water has always featured prominently in Nigeria’s development plans of yore and annual budgets of federal and state governments, yet the pledge of providing ...
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Why Delta State Should Reject Musa’s Findings On Floating Dead Croakers

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By Chima Nwafo Most Nigerians – young and old, men and women – suffer from Collective Amnesia. Light-hearted folks easily attribute it to the welter of socio-economic problems ...
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Health, Economic Woes Of Floating Dead Croakers Along Delta Coastline, A Challenge To Niger Delta Governors

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Dead Croaker fishes By Chima Nwafo Sometime in the mid-1980s, I read an American novel where a character is described as a man unable to recognize trouble even ...
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