ByÂ Laide Akinboade
The World Bank 2010 World Development Report, yesterday, revealed that Nigeriaâ€™s per capita income stands at $2,748, falling behind that of Ghana and Cameroun with $10,748 and $10,758 respectively.
The United States America,USA, has a per capita income ofÂ $512,612; the United Kingdom, UK, $408,753 while Sweden has Sweden $513, 424.
The Netherlands has per capita income ofÂ $421,389, Japan $493,241, France $468, 024, Germany $496, 447, China $9,387 andÂ Australia $493, 080.
The World Bank Country-Director, Mr. Onno Ruhl, who stated this while presenting the report at the National Climate Change post-Copenhagen summit in Abuja, added that the bank’sÂ survey in 2007 showed that life expectancy for Nigerian male was 46Â andÂ 47 for a female.
The theme of the summit is â€œNational Climate Change Awareness and Global Climate Agreement Process.â€
The world apex bank’s report also revealed that Nigerians that live on $1.25 per day make 29.6 per cent of the population while those that live on $2 areÂ 83.9 per cent.
Ruhl noted that the growth of poverty has made tackling Climate Change in Africa more difficult.
According to the report, â€œa quarter of the population of developing countries still lives on less than $1.25 a day. One billion people lack clean water, 1.6 billion, electricity and three billion without adequate sanitation. A quarter of all developing country children are malnourished.
“Addressing these needs must remain the priorities of developed and developing countries and development aids â€“ recognising that development will get harder, not easier, with climate change.â€