Nigeria Ranks 33rd In Africa’s Governance Index

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Nigeria was reported to have scored 47.9 in overall governance, ranking 33rd out of 54 African countries covered in the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

Published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the 2018 Index of African Governance was launched during a live event on Monday.

According to the report, though Nigeria improved in ranking from 35 in 2017 to 33 in 2018, the country’s overall score however dropped from 48.1 to 47.9 which is lower than the African average of 49.9 and also lower than the West African average of 54.3.

The Index of African Governance report also showed that Nigeria received its highest category score in Participation and Human rights scoring 53.2 and its lowest score in Sustainable Economic Opportunities in which it scored 43.5.

The report reflected further that the country recorded her highest sub-category score in Participation scoring 62.7 and its lowest in Transparency and Accountability, scoring 34.5.

The 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance covered data from 2008-2017 inclusive for 54 African countries.

Commenting on the 2018 Index report, Mo Ibrahim, Chairman of the Foundation said: “There are many positive trends emerge from this year’s Index. Fifteen countries out of the 34 who register progress in Overall Governance over the last decade even manage to accelerate their pace of improvement in the last five years.

“Among those, Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, and Kenya display the most impressive progression, stepping up from 41st, 25th and 19th to 22nd, 15th and 11th ranks over the past decade.

“On average on the continent, improvements in indicators related to Health and Infrastructure stand out. There are also recent and welcome improvements in Rule of Law and Transparency & Accountability, even if scores in the latter are still low,” Ibrahim added.