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Rivers State
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Capital Port Harcourt
Land Area & Rank 30,000 sq. km (12)
Year Created May 27, 1967
Governor Nyesom Wike, PDP
Deputy Gov Ipalibo Banigo
L.G.A 23
House of Assembly 32
Major Areas/Towns Port Harcourt (capital), Bori, Eleme, Bonny, Ahoada.
Local Dialects Kalabari, Ogoni, Ogba
Motto “Treasure Base of the Nation”
Population 2006 Census:
5,185,400 (5)
Male: 2,710,665
Female: 2,474,735
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-84-231340
SSG: 234-84-230240
Info: 234-84-232870
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
Block 8, Julius Nyerere Crescent
P.M.B. 7010, Abuja
Tel: 09-3146496
Fax: 09-3140066

Lagos Liaison Office:
30, Bishop Oluwole Street
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tel/ Fax: 01-611658, 615564
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Abua/odual Abua central
Ahoada East Ahoada
Ahoada West Akinima
Akuku-Toru Abonnema
Andoni Ngo
Asari-Toru Buguma
Bonny Bonny
Degema Degema
Eleme Nchia
Emohua Emohua
Etche Okehi
Gokana Kpor
Ikwerre Isiokpo
Khana Bori
Obia/Akpor Rumuodomanya
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Omoku
Ogu/Bolo Ogu
Okrika Okrika
Omuma Eberi
Opobo/Nkoro Opobo
Oyigbo Oyigboo
Port-Harcourt Port-Harcourt
Tai Saakpenwa
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: Port-Harcourt Tourist Beach, Port Harcourt Zoo, Isaac Boro Park. King William Pepple Monument, Agaja beach, oil terminals, king jaja of Opobo monument, Bomu oil well, Port Harcourt Refineries, Yewiks resort, Ifoko Beach, water glass Boatyard, gas reinjection Plant, Port Harcourt International airport.

Important Events: Iria ceremony; a period of grooming of a female for womanhood/marriage, New yam festival by different kingdoms to usher in the harvest season, Rivifest, a feast to show the rich cultural heritage of the entire state.

Airport Hotel
Tel: 234-84-233530, 233529
Fax: 234-84-233502

Cedar Palace Hotel
11, Harbour Road
Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-227915, 227900, 220833

Hotel Olympia
45, Force Avenue
Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-334941, 333709

Hotel Pesidential
Aba-Port Harcourt Road
P.M.B 5141, Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-335653, 334830

International Airport Hotel
Airport Road
P.O.Box: 4411
Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-226732, 332630

Le Meridien Hotel
Ogeri Place
45, Tombia Street
G R A Phase 2
Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-571488, 238891
Fax: 234-84-238891

Novotel Accor Hotel
3, Liberation Stadium Road
Port Harcourt
Tel: 084 461540-60
Fax: 084 461575
Email: H5465@accor.com

Royal Paragon Int. Hotel
Km 2 Cod Road, Mile 4
P. o. Box 2581, Port Harcourt
Tel: 234-84-485061, 485090, 572192
Fax: 234-84-231723
The geographical expression known as Rivers State has for centuries occupied a strategic position both nationally and internationally. The area was formally known as oil Rivers, and played a vital role in the industrial revolution of the 19th century. Prior to the colonial era, the kingdoms of Ikwere, Kalabari, Ogoni, Bonny, Ogba, Okrika, Andoni, Opobo, Amassoma and Ekpeye formed themselves into autonomous communities with deep social, economic, religious and historical ties. Rivers state was created in 1967 by Gen.Yakubu Gowon administration.

The state capital; Port Harcourt was founded in 1913 as a tiny Port for coal evacuation; it was named after a British secretary of State of Colonies, Mr. Lewis Harcourt. The exploration and production of crude oil in the state brought a swift growth into the city both in size and population. On October 1, 1996, Bayelsa state was carved out of the state. On 25 October 2007 the Supreme Court annulled the election of Celestine Omehia as the state governor and ordered the inauguration of Rotimi Amaechi as the state governor. On 26 October 2007, Amaechi was sworn. He retained Omehia’s deputy; Tele Ikuru.  


The state is bounded in the South by Atlantic Ocean, in the North by Anambra, Imo, and Abia States; in the East by Akwa Ibom state, in the West by Bayelsa and Delta States


Networks of creeks span the riviera south stretching into the Atlantic Ocean. Its vegetation is characterised by Mangrove forest in the South and thick forest and arable land in the Northern part. A flat plain netted into marvelous web of rivers and tributaries; major among the rivers are; new Calabar, Orashi, Bonny, St Bartholomeo and Santa Barbara which empties into the Atlantic


The state has two seasons; the rain and dry seasons. The mean rainfall is put at 420 centimeters and this lasts from April to October; while the dry season lasts from November to March. Maximum temperature is put at 320C.


Educationally advanced state. The state has three universities; University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State University, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, and a College of Education.


Port Harcourt the capital is Nigeria third largest commercial and industrial state. The state has two oil refineries, a petrol-chemical plant, one fertilizer blending company and one liquefied natural gas plant.


Agriculture plays a prominent role in the state's economy. Agricultural produce in the state includes: cassava, palm produce (oil and kernel), coconut, maize/corn, yam and various aquatic foods.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Crude oil, gas, clay, glass sand, wood, navigable waters and aquatic products.

Famous Natives:

Godspower Ake, politician. Mike Okwu, journalist. Atedo Peterside, businessman. Ngozi Odul (Mrs) administrator. Muma Gee, musician. Adiela Ralph Onyedibia, actor. Abiye Sekibo, politician. Taribo West, footballer. Vincent Ake, Journalist. Albo Charles Dokubo, businessman. John Nally, administrator. Daniel Wilson, musician/Baker. Barbara Soki, actress. Eric Apia, politician. Joseph Yobo, footballer. Martins Amabipi, Journalist. James Ezebalike, businessman. Chima Gift Ake, administrator. Julius Agwu, musician/entertainer. Adokie Amasiemaka, Lawyer. Agbani Darego, beauty queen (miss world 2001). Ken Saro-wiwa, environmentalist/playwright. Sene Allwell-brown (Ms) broadcaster. Uche Jack-Osimiri, lawyer/educationist. Senibo Allwell-Brown, chartered accountant, Hilda Dokubo, actress/producer. 
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