Mo Ibrahim, the chair of Mo Ibrahim Foundation has said that 3 out of 4 Africans are living in better governed countries today than they did ten years ago.
Ibrahim said this at launch of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) by the foundation during a live event on Monday.
The report ranked Nigeria at 33 out of 54 in overall governance with a score of 47.9 and a growth rate of 2.8 per cent.
Ibrahim stated that averagely, African countries have improved in governance over the last ten years. However, there are issues slowing the growth that must be dealt with.
He said, “Over 10 years we are improving in governance, not fantastically but gently. So, 3 out of 4 Africans are living in better governed countries today.
“That is positive but we are hoping for a faster and better growth forward. That is general basically and we need to understand that this is 54 countries.
“Each country has its own story. So the averages sort of masks the generics of each country. This is the general picture,” Ibrahim said.
He also noted that this growth was measured by several key indicators including rule of law, safety, national security and business safety.
“Rule of law, safety and national security is an important indicator and what we notice is that – rule of law is improving in Africa but unfortunately, security and business safety has deteriorated.
“There is a lot of conflicts going on in Africa. The likes of Boko Haram, different variations of armed groups. In general, there is concern about the safety of our people that is deteriorating.
“In human development, health has always been a strongly, forward moving indicator. It is moving,” Ibrahim said.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa, by providing tools to assess and support progress in leadership and governance.
The IIAG provides an annual assessment of the quality of governance in African countries and is the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance.