A report released on Tuesday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed that Nigeria’s Human Development Index (HDI) rose between 2005 and 2015 by 13.1 percent.
UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, stated that, “The report shows that between 2005 and 2015, Nigeria’s HDI increased from 0.466 to 0.527, this translates to a 13.1 percent increase.”
He described this as “encouraging” but warned that, “There is an urgent need to design policies and programmes to ensure that the upward trend in human development is not reversed,” explaining that this is necessary “given the humanitarian challenges already alluded to and the economic recession witnessed in 2016.”
Mr Kallon, speaking at the launch of the report titled ‘UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) 2016’ in Abuja, stressed that this achievement was made before the recession.
He said, “As the 2014 Human Development Report aptly noted, success is not automatic and gains are not necessarily permanent.
“In this regard, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) recently launched by the Government outlined several medium-term policies and programmes that could keep Nigeria on a positive development trajectory.”
The Human Development Index is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education and per capita income indicators used to rank countries into four tiers of human development.