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Lagos is world’s 2nd worst liveable city –Economist



Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has been ranked second on the World’s Least Liveable Cities.

Lagos ranks 2nd, behind Damascus and ahead of Tripoli and Dhaka on the annual report by the Economist.

On the other spectrum, Melbourne has topped a list of the World’s Most Liveable city for the seventh year running but terrorism and diplomatic tensions are eroding living conditions worldwide, an annual report from the Economist has found.

The Australian city was ranked number one out of 140 cities, slightly ahead of the Austrian capital Vienna, with the Canadian trio of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary completing the top five.

“This is a win for all Victorians, who contribute so much to making Melbourne the best place to live in the world,” said Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews.

The survey, released Wednesday, scores cities on five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education and infrastructure.

Economist’s Intelligence Unit found that medium-sized cities in wealthy countries fared best.

“These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure,” the report said.

Major hubs like New York, London, Paris and Tokyo were hives of activity but lost points due to high levels of crime and overcrowded public transport.

More broadly, global stability continued to weaken due to the increase in terror-related incidents world wide.

“Violent acts of terrorism have been reported in many countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and the US,” the report found.

“While not a new phenomenon, the frequency and spread of terrorism have increased noticeably and become even more prominent.”

The United States had seen a decline in a number of its cities over the past few years related to growing unrest.

“This stems in part from unrest related to a number of deaths of black people at the hands of police officers,” the report found.

“In addition, the country has seen protests held in response to President Trump’s policies and executive orders.”

It said increased diplomatic tensions — from Russia and the Ukraine to North Korea’s nuclear threat and Iran’s relationship with its neighbours — was leading to declining stability scores around the world.

Conflict was the main factor for those cities finishing on the bottom of the survey, with Syria’s Damascus at number 140, behind Nigeria’s Lagos, under threat from Islamist groups like Boko Haram and Libyan capital Tripoli, caught up in middle eastern strife.

However, based on the indicators examined, it would be difficult to fault this report and conclusion as Lagos with its mega population has the worst imaginable city transport system, very poor and inadequate electricity, high crime, though not as high as Johannesburg, unhealthy and unfriendly for good health with absolutely no recreation facilities within about 20km radius, a high level of lawlessness by public transport operators that really bug down the city activities with almost no control.


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 17th August 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I have long emphasized the fact that Lagos is the worst city in this territory- a fact the likes of Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Sanusi etc. who uses Lagos for positive example do not know. A city people are forced to with illiterate policies in which people suffers congestion, mental an social disorder, psychological damages, economic damages etc. A city Obasanjo said must be third largest economy in Africa before he will die.

  2. susan 17th August 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Local government Chairmen and civil servants are a very big problem to Lagos state, they are so corrupt that if not checked quickly they will never allow Lagos state realise its potential. We need to stop voting for these criminals as our local gov. chairmen, these morons do absolutely nothing for the good of our people all they do is loot funds and extort money from the masses. Its time for the masses to start asking these criminal chairmen what they do with the funds allocated to them. After their tenor they must be made to show what they have done while in office, there must be accountability otherwise Lagos will forever remain the most dirty and smelling city in the whole world. There will never be any mega city as long as these criminals keep getting into power.

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