President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 signed into law a bill to increase the monthly minimum wage from ₦18,000 to ₦30,000, following the strike by the Nigerian Labour Union in late 2018. A couple of years down the road, some states, ever dependent on Abuja for capital, are yet to effect this change while others that affected the increment have stopped due to a lack of funds.
Going by recent incidents in several Nigerian states, it is clear that so long as herds of cattle are free to roam the country and destroy farmlands, it is only a question of time before the bubble would burst. Therefore, and as a matter of urgency, ranching must be embraced as the immediate and long-term solution to the farmers-herders conflicts, and all Nigerian governors must agree on ranching as the way forward as is being done in places such as the Netherlands, a country slightly larger in size than Benue State but which is the food basket of Europe and the second-largest exporter of food in the world. So what is Nigeria’s excuse? At The Guardian, we say it is time to embrace ranching and put an end, once and for all, to open cattle grazing across Nigeria🇳🇬. What about you? Let’s have your opinion in the comments section.
As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, the quest to find a preventive vaccine to avoid further spread of the virus has also intensified. But this quest faces vocal resistance from antivaccinationists. In reality, vaccine development is not shrouded in mystery, as the scientific evaluation of vaccines involves animal testing, human clinical trials, and post-approval surveillance. But in a 2020 survey by SB Morgen, approximately 40 per cent of Nigerians said they would not take a COVID-19 vaccine, 36 per cent said they would, while 24 per cent were undecided. As we examine the case for and against vaccines, are you for or against the COVID-19 vaccine? Have your say in the comments section.