Nigerian has been ranked as 102 out of 104 countries to govern in the world by the Chandler Institute of Good Government Index (CGGI).
The report rated Nigeria with a score of 0.319 points, ahead of Zimbabwe and Venezuela, in governance, leadership, and foresight which classified as Nigeria the third country.
The index, which was the first in the series, scored Nigeria 0.44 on leadership and foresight; anti-corruption 0.45; long-term vision 0.47; strategic prioritization 0.41 and innovation 0.4.
The report rated Nigeria low in other parameters, scoring the nation 98 in leadership and foresight; 85 in robust laws and policies; 101 in strong institutions; 88 in financial stewardship; 97 in attractive marketplace; 72 in global influence and reputation and helping people rise 98.
The 2021 report released in Singapore on Monday by the Chandler Institute of Governance, mentioned that the ability to handle corruption properly is the strongest indicator of good governance.
The report stated, “Good governance begins with good leadership. The culture of government leadership varies from country to country, but the CGGI’s highest-performing governments are united in three ways: a commitment to integrity, a strong vision and plan for their nation’s future, and the ability to make the most of their available resources.”
The CGGI explained that the ranking came during the COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed the strengths and weaknesses in institutions, laws, and leadership in countries as governance decides the success of these countries.
Mauritius, which was Africa’s best performer scored 0.5670, placing it at number 38 on the index.
Finland ranked number one with 0.848 points followed by Switzerland; Singapore; Netherlands; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Germany; New Zealand and Canada.