Nigeria ranks low on UN prosperity ranking

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    Nigeria ranks low on UN prosperity ranking
    By Ifedayo Adebayo November 5, 2010 01:22AM

    Nigeria is ranked 142 out of 169 least prosperous countries in the world, according to data released on Thursday in New York by the United Nations Development Programme. The country was listed 15 among 42 country considered to belong in the ‘least human development’ category. Countries are grouped into groups of Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development, and Low High Human Development. Zimbabwe, at 169, is at the bottom and rated the worst country to live in. The report assessed countries in terms of their education, wealth, and life expectancy, measured through what it called Human Development Index (HDI). The 2010 report, entitled ‘The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development’, examined progress in health, education, and income over the past 40 years. The 2010 report introduced three new indices for poverty, inequality, and gender. According to the report, Nigeria’s wealth - as defined by gross domestic product per head - has slipped, while its educational ranking has failed to keep up with that of other countries. The GDP per head in Nigeria is a mere $1,224, compared to $9,812 in South Africa, $1,628 in Kenya, and $2,197 in Cameroon. Nigeria’s life expectancy was 48.4 years on average, below that of Ghana (57.1.), Cameroon (51.7), Benin Republic (62.3), and Uganda (54.1). Leading nations Mauritius ranked highest among sub-Saharan states - number 72 in the world - and is followed by Gabon, 93, and Botswana, 98. “This year’s report of the HDI should not be compared to the HDI that appeared in previous editions of the Human Development Report, due to the use of different indicators and calculations,â€

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