Rivers State

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Rivers State
Nickname(s): Treasure Base of the Nation
Location of Rivers State in Nigeria
Location of Rivers State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.750°N 6.833°E / 4.750; 6.833Coordinates: 4°45′N 6°50′E / 4.750°N 6.833°E / 4.750; 6.833
Country  Nigeria
Date created 27 May 1967
Capital Port Harcourt
LGAs 23
 • Body Government of Rivers State
 • Governor[1] Chibuike Amaechi (PDP)
 • Senators
 • Representatives List
 • Total 11,077 km2 (4,277 sq mi)
Area rank 26th
 • Estimate (2006) 5,185,400
 • Rank 6th
 • Density 468/km2 (1,210/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $21.07 billion[2]
 • Per capita $3,965[2]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-RI
Website riversstate.gov.ng

Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. According to census data released in 2006, the state has a population of 5,185,400, making it the sixth-most populous state in the country.[3] Its capital, Port Harcourt is the largest city and is economically significant as the centre of Nigeria's oil industry. Rivers State 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. It is home to many indigenous ethnic groups: Ikwerre, Ibani, Opobo, Okrika, and Kalabari, Etche, Ogba, Ogoni, Engenni and others.[4]

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.


The Rivers State government consists of elected representatives and appointed officials responsible for the government of Rivers State, Nigeria. Rivers State has a population of over 5 million people, and is one of the 36 states that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The State government has executive and legislative arms, with an independent judiciary. At the local level, elected officials are responsible for Local Government Areas.


The executive arm is headed by the Governor, supported by the Deputy Governor, both elected. The governor appoints Commissioners responsible for each of the ministries, and appoints the heads of parastatals, state-owned bodies with specific regulatory or administrative duties.


The legislative authority is primarily held by the state House of Assembly, which is made up of elected representatives from all constituencies of the state. Its functions at the state level are relative to those of the National Assembly at the federal level, creating laws for the good governance of the state, as well as acting as a check and balance on the powers and actions of the state's Chief Executive. The House of Assembly consists three times the total number of seats which the state has in the House of Representatives.


The Judiciary branch of the state government has sole authority and responsibility for the interpretation and application of the state's laws as well as the adjudication of disputes or controversies. It consists of eight courts: the High Court of Justice, the Magistrates Courts, the Customary Courts, the Juveniles Courts, the Revenue Courts, the Sanitation Courts, the Mobile Courts and Ports Related Offences Courts. It is governed mainly by the Chief Judge of the High Court of Justice. There are about 26 serving judges in the High Court of Justice, which comprises of 10 Judicial Divisions including Port Harcourt, Ahoada, Degema, Nchia, Bori, Omoku, Isiokpo, Okrika, Okehi, and Oyigbo.[5]

Local government[edit]

Rivers State is currently composed of 23 local government areas, all of which handle local administration, under an elected Chairman. Each of the local government areas has its own Administrative capital.

LGA Name Area (km2) Census 2006
Administrative capital Postal
Port Harcourt 109 541,115 Port Harcourt 500
Obio-Akpor 260 464,789 Rumuodumaya 500
Okrika 222 222,026 Okrika 500
Ogu/Bolo 89 74,683 Ogu 500
Eleme 138 190,884 Ogale 501
Tai 159 117,797 Sakpenwa 501
Gokana 126 228,828 Kpor 501
Khana 560 294,217 Bori 502
Oyigbo 248 122,687 Afam 502
Opobo/Nkoro 130 151,511 Opobo Town 503
Andoni 233 211,009 Ngo 503
Bonny 642 215,358 Bonny 503
Degema 1,011 249,773 Degema 504
Asari-Toru 113 220,100 Buguma 504
Akuku-Toru 1,443 156,006 Abonnema 504
Abua/Odual 704 282,988 Abua 510
Ahoada West 403 249,425 Akinima 510
Ahoada East 341 166,747 Ahoada 510
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni 969 284,010 Omoku 510
Emohua 831 201,901 Emohua 511
Ikwerre 655 189,726 Isiokpo 511
Etche 805 249,454 Okehi 512
Omuma 170 100,366 Eberi 512


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.


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, Choba, Port Harcourt established by the federal government in 1975, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, 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 Ajuru University) at Rumuolumeni, Nkpolu Oroworukwo and Ndele and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Rumueme, Port Harcourt.[6] The Rivers State College of Arts and Science in Port Harcourt gained polytechnic status in 2006.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See List of Governors of Rivers State for a list of prior governors
  2. ^ a b "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Administrative Division". City Population. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rivers State government website". Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Rivers State Judiciary. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE". OnlineNigeria. 2/10/2003. Retrieved 2010-03-04.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Rivers State College of Arts and Science". Rivers State College of Arts and Science. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 

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