- The Nigerian passport has been ranked among the world’s weakest in a new poll
- In the last decade, the Nigerian passport has recorded a significant drop on the index
- The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations
The Nigerian passport has been ranked among some of the weakest in the world in a recent poll conducted by the annual Henley Passport Index.
In the poll results, Nigeria tied with Djibouti for the 95th position, providing access to 46 countries.
In the last report released in the fourth quarter of 2019, the country’s passport maintained the same position alongside Djibouti and Myanmar.
In the last decade, the Nigerian passport has recorded a significant drop on the index.
Nigeria ranked below African countries like Angola, Egypt, Cameroon and Liberia, which tied at the 93rd position alongside Burundi and Haiti, providing access to 49 countries of the world.
The ranking is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information.
The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders, then a score of 1 is created for that passport.
The Henley Passport Index is an invaluable resource for global citizens, investors, and tourists. It is also considered the standard reference tool for governments in this field.
Meanwhile, a recent media report indicates that Nigeria is set to lose more revenues from energy exports once its neighbour, Niger Republic starts generating her own electricity.
Aside Niger Republic, Nigeria exports electricity valued at between $582 million and $665 million annually to countries such as Togo, Chad, and Benin Republic.
It exports between 350megawatts (Mw) and 400 Mw of electricity daily to those countries, with a view to generating more revenues and meet their energy needs.
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