Life expectancy in Nigeria increases by 7 years – Report

1236, Life expectancy in Nigeria

The 2016 UNDP Human Development Report has said Life expectancy in Nigeria has increased by seven years.

According to the report launched in Abuja on Tuesday, it increased from 46.1 in 1990 to 53.1 years in 2015.

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However, the country dropped to 152 in Human development Indices (HDI) against her 151 ranking in 2014 despite the achievement recorded within the period.

“The report shows that between 2005 and 2015, Nigeria’s HDI increased from 0.466 to 0.527 – a 13.1 percent increase.

“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,” UNDP Resident Representative Edward Kallon said at the launch.


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