By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
Nigeria has retained its 2014 ranking of 152nd on the 2016 Human Development Index (HDI) report for Africa released by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her HDI value for 2014, according to UNDP’s 2015 report was 0.514 which put the country in the low human development category position of 152 out of 188 countries and territories.
In the latest ranking, Nigeria was still placed on Low Human Development (LHD) category, below High Human Development (HHD) and Medium Human Development (MHD) categories, which featured 53 countries in Africa.
Mauritius emerged highest position of 63 countries on the HHD table, while Tunisia came last at 96 position on the Group average rating.
Bostawa was first of 106 positions on the MHD while São Tomé and Príncipe came last at 143 position.
Kenya, the host country of the Toyoko International Conference on African Development, TICAD, where UNDP announced the report in a press conference, was placed at 145 position on the list of countries ranked low with Niger Republic taking the last position at 188.
Kenya’s average annual HDI between 2010 and 2014 was 0.92 percent, outperforming Nigeria whose annual HDI within the same period was placed at 1.06.
The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and health life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.
The UNDP has disclosed that sub-Saharan Africa was losing the average of $95 billion a year due to gender inequality.
It said that the situation escalated in 2014 when the region lost $105 billion or six percent of the region’s GDP.