In Human Development Index Nigeria ranked 152 of 188 countries
Going by the 2016 report released by the United Nations Development Programme,
UNDP, in Abuja, Nigeria maintained its 2015 status with a computation of 0.527
which was two points above 2014 computation of 0.525.
In the report launched by the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab
Ahmed, Central Africa Republic ranked 188.
The HDI, a composite statistics of life expectancy, education, and per capita income
indicators, is used to rank countries into four tiers of human development.
Nigeria’s HDI value for 2016 positioning it at 152 of 188 countries puts the country on Low
Human Development (LHD).
Nigeria is followed closely by Cameroon in number 153 and Zimbabwe in 154 position.
Ghana and Zambia positioned at 139 , Gabon, 109 , and Equatorial Guinea, 135 .
The report, however, showed a positive outlook for the country as Nigeria’s HDI increased
from 0.466 to 0.527, a 13.1 per cent increase in the last 10 years under review between
2005 and 2015.
Breakdown of the report shows that Kenya was placed at 145 position on the list of countries
ranked low, with Central Africa Republic taking the last position at 188 in sub-Saharan Africa.
The global report was officially launched on March 25, 2017 in Stocklom, while the Nigerian
version was launched Tuesday.
On the global front, Norway tops the table as the number one country in the HDI, closely
followed by Switzerland and Australia which came joint second.
Similarly, Germany was placed on the fourth position while Denmark placed on the fifth position.
The HDI indicates the number of people with access to education and other basic amenities.