Life expectancy increases to 53 years – UNDP

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The number of years was hitherto 46.

The report released n Abuja on Tuesday, however, showed that Nigeria dropped to 152 in Human development Indices (HDI) against her 151 ranking in 2014 notwithstanding the achievement recorded within the period.

“This is encouraging, but given the humanitarian challenges already alluded to, and the economic recession witnessed in 2016, there is an urgent need to design policies and programmes to ensure that the upward trend in human development is not reversed.”

He said that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) with focus on restoring growth, investing in people and building a globally competitive economy recently launched by the Nigerian Government outlined several medium-term policies and programmes that could keep Nigeria on a positive development trajectory.

UNDP’s Economic Advisor for Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ojijo Odhiambo said just as Nigeria was improving, other countries of the world were improving as well.

Odhiambo expressed regrets that there were still much gender inequality as well as inequality in income and access to education in Nigeria.

“A lot of people are being excluded from the development process,” he said.

“Women, girls, indigenous people, migrants and refugees and ethnic minority are being left out in the development process.”