Lagos in bottom five of World’s Most Liveable Cities ranking; indices subjective, says govt

Posted: August 22, 2017 in general
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Third Mainland Bridge at nightBy VICTOR NZE

London-based research and analysis outfit, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has ranked Melbourne as the world’s most “liveable” city for the seventh year running. The Australian city was given an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100, just enough to see off the challenge of Austria’s Vienna (97.4) and Canada’s Vancouver (97.3).

The rankings for 2017, released, Thursday, also placed two more Canadian cities – Toronto and Calgary – in the top five.

The rankings, however, placed Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria and West Africa, and former capital of the country, in the bottom five least liveable city in the world.

Other countries in the least liveable city on Earth, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s study, include: Damascus in Syria, based on horror and hardship the city has witnessed in recent times, while Tripoli, Libya; Dhaka, Bangladesh and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea complete the bottom five.

This year’s top 10 is identical to last year’s, with Adelaide, Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg all making the cut, but there have been changes further down the ranking. Manchester slipped eight places to 51st, with the heightened terror threat following the bomb attack in May at an Ariana Grande concert to blame. Stockholm’s rating also fell after a terror attack in April, while London, the only other UK city to feature, came 53rd overall – the same position it held in 2016.

Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Budapest, Singapore and Montevideo are among those cities to have received a boost in the rankings.

Melbourne has topped the rankings for each of the last seven years. The most liveable city from 2002 until 2010 was Vancouver.

Meanwhile, reacting to the EIU ranking, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Stve Ayorinde, said the liveability indices remains a subjective analysis as the state still ‘receives global recognition.’

‘Since the ranking started, there is no year that Lagos has not featured; It does not matter where Lagos is listed. To us, Lagos is in reckoning in any type of ranking that anyone may want to consider.

“Lagos will always be in reckoning. What is important is that liveability indices is a subjective analyses. What everyone needs to know is that the type of megacity Lagos benchmarks itself with is also on that ranking but not in top 10,” he added.


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