“We Are Not the Third Worst City in the World” Lagos Rejects EIU Ranking



City of Lagos

Lagos State Government yesterday condemned its ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as the 138th of 140 cities surveyed for worst living conditions. Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Information and Strategy Lateef Raji, the pollsters were not on ground. He said: “I think what they were trying to say was that probably Lagos State is the most expensive city to live in that is what they are used to saying, the rating is there for everybody to see. We have a functional transport system, and we have a functional health system, we can’t be the worst.” Asked if photographs currently circulating on the social media network on train passengers hanging on coaches at the Ikeja railway terminal could have influenced such rating, Raji said: “That should not be a Lagos issue. That is a national issue. “Our response to that is coming in terms of the blue rail which would soon take-off. We have never owned a railway track in this country as a state government. The first one we are embarking on is the one along the Badagry Expressway corridor. What runs from Kano to Lagos through the Agbado road is a Federal Government infrastructure.” This year’s rating saw the state drop by a point from its 137th position last year. Trailing Lagos in the ranking is Port Moresby, which is 139th; Dhaka, Bangladesh is 140th making it the worst city to live in the world
The livability report surveys 140 locations around the world to assess the best or worst living conditions and scores cities based on political and social stability, crime rates and access to quality healthcare. It also measures the diversity and standard of cultural events and the natural environment, education (school and university), and the standard of infrastructure, including public transport.

Osaro Agho




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