Really? Don’t expect me to be patriotic for the sake of it. A majority of Nigerians will take to social media to defend Lagos without any concrete facts and figures to back their claim the report is exaggerated. The honest truth is Nigerians ‘love’ to talk, and write and engage in indefensible acts. There will be a lot of excuses. They (Nigerians) will infer the survey was skewed in favour of the western cities. Nigerians will not look inwards, to consider why Lagos has been adjudged to be in such a state of un liveability. My take is that Lagos is an extremely expensive city to live in, and when you consider the facilities available, power, water, good roads, traffic condition, a first-time visitor will immediately agree with the ‘worst-city-to-live-in’ rating. – Jide Salu
Lagos state, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, is the third worst city to live in, according to the global liveability index of a survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Out of the 140 countries considered in the survey, Lagos was ranked 138th and the report says conditions in the metropolitan city has not changed since last year.
Damascus and Tripoli were the worst two cities to reside in, while Douala, Cameroon; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Algiers, Algeria; ranked 132nd, 133rd, and 134th respectively.
While six of the top 10 most liveable cities are in Australia and Canada, no African city was listed among the easiest cities to reside in.
The liveability survey conducted by the data team of The Economist, took into cognizance the best and worst living conditions in major cities across the world.
Five major factors considered in compiling the ranking are; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
“Of the poorer-scoring cities, 13 continue to occupy the very bottom tier of liveability, where ratings fall below 50 percent and most aspects of living are severely restricted.
“Continued threats from groups like Boko Haram acts as a constraint to improving stability in Lagos,’’ the report said.
The top five best countries to live in, are Melbourne, Australian; Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; and Calgary, Canada.