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Rivers State, Nigeria ( Overview, History and Summary Information )


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Rivers State, Nigeria

Rivers State
—  State  —
Nickname(s): Treasure Base of the Nation
Location of Rivers State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.75°N 6.833°ECoordinates4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.75°N 6.833°E
Country Nigeria
Date created27 May 1967
CapitalPort Harcourt
Government
 - Governor[1]Chibuike Amaechi (PDP)
 - Senators
  • George Thompson Sekibo
  • Lee Maeba
  • Wilson Ake
 - RepresentativesList
 
Area
 - Total
 11,077 km2 (4,276.9 sq mi)
Area rank26 of 36
Population
 - Estimate (2005)6,689,087
 
GDP (PPP)
 - Year
 2007
 - Total$21.07 billion
 - Per capita$3,965[2]
Time zoneWAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 codeNG-RI
Websiteriversstate.gov.ng

Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital is Port Harcourt. It is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by Imo, Abia and Anambra States, to the East by Akwa Ibom State and to the West by Bayelsa and Delta states. Rivers state is home to a variety of ethnic clans, including Abua, Andoni, Ekpeye, Engenni, Etche, lbani, lkwerre, Kalabari, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Okrika and Ogoni. The inland part of Rivers state consists of tropical rainforest; towards the coast the typical Niger Delta environment features many mangrove swamps. Rivers state, named after the many rivers that border its territory, was part of the Oil Rivers Protectorate from 1885 till 1893, when it became part of the Niger Coast Protectorate. In 1900 the region was merged with the chartered territories of the Royal Niger Company to form the colony of Southern Nigeria. The state was formed in 1967 with the split of the Eastern Region of Nigeria. Until 1996 the state contained the area which is now in the Bayelsa State.

Rivers State is divided into twenty-three Local Government Areas (LGAs):

Administrative divisions

LGA NameArea (sq.km)Census 2006
population
Administrative capitalPostal
Code
Port Harcourt109541,115Port Harcourt500
Obio-Akpor260464,789Rumuokoro500
Okrika222222,026Okrika500
Ogu/Bolo8974,683Ogu500
Eleme138190,884Eleme501
Tai159117,797Sakpenwa501
Gokana126228,828Kpor501
Khana560294,217Bori502
Oyigbo248122,687Afam502
Opobo/Nkoro130151,511Opobo Town503
Andoni233211,009Ngo503
Bonny642215,358Bonny503
Degema1,011249,773Degema504
Asari-Toru113220,100Buguma504 
Akuku-Toru1,443156,006Abonnema504
Abua/Odual704282,988Abua510
Ahoada West403249,425Akinima510
Ahoada East341166,747Ahoada510
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni969284,010Omuku510
Emohua831201,901Emohua511
Ikwerre655189,726Isiokpo511
Etche805249,454Okehi512
Omuma170100,366Eberi512

Economy

Rivers State has one of the largest economies in Nigeria, mainly because of its crude oil. The State has two major refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates spread across the state, particularly in the State capital.

Education

In 1999 the state had 2,805 Government primary schools and 243 secondary schools. The secondary schools are concentrated mainly in LGA headquarter towns and in Port Harcourt. Tertiary institutions include the University of Port Harcourt, established by the Federal Government in 1975, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Choba, Port Harcourt, founded in 1980 by the State government, the School of Health Technology, Port Harcourt, established by the State government, the federally-owned polytechnic at Omoku and the state-owned Rivers State Polytechnic at Bori, the Rivers State University of Education (Ignatius Ajulu University)at Rumuolumeni, Nkpolu Oroworukwo and Ndele and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Rumueme, Port Harcourt.The Rivers State College of Arts and Science in Port Harcourt gained polytechnic status in 2006.

 

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