By Akinwale Kasali
Nigeria is now at the bottom of economic growth in new rating involving 188 countries. The oil rich country is only fairly better than 36 poorest countries in the world.
The 2016 Global Human Development Index Report of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) ranked Nigeria 152nd out of the 188 countries surveyed.
The magazine gathered that the 2016 Human Development Report focuses on those communities that are left behind, despite the development progress over the last 25 years. The report, released in Abuja, saw Nigeria retaining the its 152nd position, which it occupied last year, with a human development index of 0.527 out of the possible index figure of one.
Reacting to the report, the Economic Adviser, Nigeria and ECOWAS, UNDP, Dr. Ojijo Odhiambo, said that despite Nigeria’s 152nd ranking, the country recorded some improvement in the number of points that made up the index.
He added that the reason why the nation retained its position was because as the country was making progress, other countries were also improving their on their indices. He stressed that there was need for the nation to redouble its effort in making sure that it addressed the factors that were impending its improvement on the index.
The Source findings reveals that the issues of inequality, education, discrimination among women, promotion of social inclusion and accountability as well as the upholding of human rights, were the factors that affected the nation from gaining more indices.
The Minister of State for National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the government was mindful of the fact that it needed to do more to move the country from its current position. She added that Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which was recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, had been designed to address some issues raised by the report.
Ahmed however, called on the UNDP to assist the government by coming up with innovative ideas that would help the country improve its ranking on the index.