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Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Two Nigerian cities, Abuja and Lagos have made the list of the 27 cities in the world with the worst quality of life.

Lagos is the commercial city of Nigeria while Abuja is its capital city.

Business Insider UK reveals that these worst cities in the world are characterised by a mixture of crime, political instability and very poor living standards.

The report was drawn from the 2016 Quality of Living Index which looked at 230 countries and 450 cities released by Mercer, one of the world's largest human resources consultancy firms.

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The cities are listed from the most terrible as reported by Business Insider UK and is considered one of the most comprehensive of its kind.

27. Lome, Togo — The report says this city is the largest in the country with high unemployment rates, deteriorating infrastructure. It says Lome is seriously challenged with the living conditions of the people and rubbish collection.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Lome, Togo

26. Tashkent, Uzbekistan — This city has reportedly become a hotbed for terrorism for sometime. In 2015, the US embassy in Tashkent was attacked for the first time in 11 years and the government is trying to counteract growth in Islamic extremism, according to Business Insider UK.

25. Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire — This economic capital of the Ivory Coast, but the British embassy has warned travellers against reaching the city because of violence and threat of terrorism.

24. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The city has citizens suffering from extreme poverty and social friction with the government.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Addis Ababa

23. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — The report says this city is largely controlled by the government, mainly through a large percentage of employment coming from state-owned enterprises. It however adds that the city suffers from chronic water shortages due to state mismanagement.

22. Harare, Zimbabwe — The city is said to suffer from an oppressive government led by Robert Mugabe. It also has a high poverty rate with millions of citizens starving.

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21. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — The city has high rate of poverty. The government is also facing attacks from members of the Islamic State ( ISIS)

20. Lagos, Nigeria — The largest city in Nigeria battles environmental threats, such as riptides. There are also issues with personal safety, kidnapping of students and murder.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Lagos, Nigeria

19. Abuja, Nigeria — This suffers from high crime rates from inter-communal violence with the British Foreign Office warning travellers against terrorist attacks and other crimes.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Abuja, Nigeria

19. Dushanbe, Tajikistan — This city suffers from poverty and energy shortages. The World Bank also warns that doing business there is difficult.

17. Dhaka, Bangladesh — One of the world's most populated cities with a thriving economy, but harsh working conditions and human rights issues and poverty.

16. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — It under a continuous threat of terrorist attacks including from Al-Qaeda.

15. Tripoli, Libya — This city is facing serious war from two rival warlords leading to the main airport being destroyed in the summer of 2015. All the main embassies have been closed down.

14. Niamey, Niger — Protests, governmental corruption, and local poverty place this city onto the list.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Niamey, Niger

13. Antananarivo, Madagascar — The city, and the rest of the country, depends on agriculture for its economic growth, but political instability hinders any chance of continuous development.

12. Bamako, Mali — The report said this city was rocked by terrorist attacks last year when Islamist militants took 170 hostages and killed 20 of them in a mass shooting at the Radisson Blu hotel.

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11. Nouakchott, Mauritania —According to the report, this city was originally a small village of little importance until 1958 until growing rapidly into one of the biggest cities in the Sahara. However, overcrowding, droughts, and poverty have helped fill the city with slums.

10. Conakry, Guinea Republic — The Business Insider UK says this port city is riddled with personal safety issues. Violent crime, protests, and strikes wreak havoc in Conakry.

9. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — The report says ethnic nationalist conflict is rife in the city and NGOs have tried to step in to provide aid and food relief to the city and the rest of the country.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Kinshasa

8. Brazzaville, Congo — Government corruption has triggered huge protests in the city which led to a number of people being killed by the police.

7. Damascus, Syria — Mercer says the city has "witnessed continual violence and terrorist attacks that weigh upon the daily life of locals and expatriates."

6. N'Djamena, Chad —The city in one of the world's poorest countries has suffered at the hands of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The group carries out frequent suicide bombings in the city.

5. Khartoum, Sudan —It's the second largest city in Sudan and is a key recruiting ground for ISIS.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Khartoum, Sudan

4. Port Au Prince, Haiti —According to the report, this city is enveloped with violent crime and is dangerous for travellers. It said rapes and robberies are common and there is a worrying growth in vigilante violence.

3. Sana'a, Yemen — This, according to the report, is the largest city in Yemen and has been devastated by airstrikes from Saudi Arabia as the country has become a battleground in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

2. Bangui, Central African Republic — The report says this capital city is incredibly poor and many citizens rely on aid for survival. On top of that, violent sectarian clashes erupt regularly in the area.

Lagos, Abuja make in the list of 27 worst cities in the world

Bangui

1. Baghdad, Iraq — It is a capital city and has suffered severe infrastructural damage from several wars and continual on the ground violence. The report says Baghdad has continued to face threats from ISIS.

Mercer listed parameters for judging the cities to include:

1. Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement)

2. Economic environment (currency-exchange regulations, banking services)

3. Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom)

4. Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution)

5. Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)

6. Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion)

7. Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure)

8. Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars)

9. Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)

10. Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

 

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