Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos is now the world’s fourth most unliveable city moving up 2 spots in the rankings
This year’s edition of EIU’s Global Liveability Index reports that Lagos the commercial capital of Nigeria is now the fourth most unliveable city in the world moving up 2 spots in the ranks.
A blow to President Bola Tinubu who had boasted that he built Lagos during his two terms as governor of Lagos during the presidential campaign. His successor as governors were all handpicked by him.
The EIU ranked Lagos above Algiers, the capital of Algeria; Tripoli, Libya’s capital; and Damascus, the capital of war-torn Syria. The report surveyed 173 cities and used 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Vienna the number 1 city in the world for 2023
Instances of civil unrest in many cities amid a cost-of-living crisis, as well as an uptick in crime in some cities led to a marginal decline.
The number one city in the world is Vienna the capital of Austria.
“The Austrian capital slipped in the rankings in 2021, during the pandemic, but rebounded to the top position in 2022. It retained its crown this year, thanks to its unsurpassed combination of stability, good infrastructure, strong education and healthcare services, and plenty of culture and entertainment.” The report stated.
On Lagos touted as the centre of excellence, EIU said Lagos moved up the ranks after seeing improvements in healthcare and education but added that corruption is still a problem.
“Even at the bottom of our rankings, cities such as Lagos (Nigeria) and Algiers (Algeria) have gained ground, with some improvements in their healthcare and education systems. Both are in countries that are energy exporters and have to some extent benefited from higher global oil and gas prices,” the report reads.
“Although corruption continues to be an issue, some additional public funding has been made available for infrastructure and public services, which have also benefited from the decline in covid cases.”
In 2017, a survey of 140 countries pegged Lagos as the worst city to live in the world — after Damascus. While in 2018, Lagos’ prospects improved, moving above Dhaka in Bangladesh and Damascus, to become the third least liveable city.
However, in 2019, Nigeria’s economic hub became the world’s most dangerous city to live in.
Akowe with reports from Abuja