The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has released its 2015 report on global human development and Nigeria’s performance remains obstinately stagnant.
According to the results of the report, Nigeria remains stuck at 153 out of 188 surveyed countries and territories.
Nigeria’s current positions is reflective of its historic performance in the Human Development Index (HDI). The country came 153 out of 187 countries and territories surveyed in the 2013 report, and 116 out of 134 in the 2012 report.
However, Nigeria did manage to attain considerable HDI growth from 2004 to 2010 and the country has achieved above average growth compared to the rest of sub-Sahara Africa.
The UNDP human development index is a composite index that measures average achievement in three basic dimensions of human development—a long and healthy life, access to education and a decent standard of living.
The program uses a number of statistics to compile its HDI. This includes access to electricity, the internet, and literacy and employment rates within each country.
Norway came first followed by Australia and Switzerland, with most of the top ten countries being located in Europe or North America.
Niger was ranked as the worst country in the world to live in, coming 188 and last in the rankings. All of the ten bottom countries in the rankings are in Africa.
The highest ranked country in Africa was the island country of Mauritius which came 63rd in the global rankings, just ahead of the Seychelles, also an island country in the Indian Ocean.
Nigeria is also the lowest ranked country in the world with a population of over 100 million, five places behind Pakistan and ten behind Bangladesh.