Government of Rivers State

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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 about 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, assisted 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 Civil Service is headed by the Head of Service, a career civil servant, with each ministry headed by a Permanent Secretary. The Minister is responsible for policy, while the Permanent Secretary provides continuity and is responsible for operations.

Executive council[edit]

The executive council is currently made up of:[1]

Position Incumbent
Governor Chibuike Amaechi
Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru
Attorney-General Worgu Boms
Secretary to the State Government George Feyii
Chief of Staff Tony Okocha
Head of Service Samuel LongJohn
Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement Franklyn Nlerum
ICT Special Adviser Goodlife Nmekini
Administrator (GPHCDA) Aleruchi Cookey-Gam
Commissioner of Agriculture Emmanuel Chinda
Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning Charles Gogo
Commissioner of Commerce and Industry Chukwuma Chinye
Commissioner of Culture And Tourism Nnabuihe Imegwu
Commissioner of Education Alice Lawrence-Nemi
Commissioner of Energy and Natural resources Okey Amadi
Commissioner of Environment Nyema E. Weli
Commissioner of Finance Chamberlain Peterside
Commissioner of Health Tamunoiyoriari S. Parker
Commissioner of Housing Marshall S. Uwom
Commissioner of Information Ibim Semenitari
Commissioner of Justice Worgu Boms
Commissioner of Chieftaincy Mr. Charles Okaye
Commissioner of Land and Survey Ezekiel-Amadi Ezemonye
Commissioner of Local Government Affairs Samuel Eyiba
Commissioner of Power Augustine Wokocha
Commissioner of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Joe Philip Poroma
Commissioner of Special Duties Dickson Umunakwe
Commissioner of Sports Fred Igwe
Commissioner of Transport Tolofari George
Commissioner of Urban Development Ginah Osima
Commissioner of Water Resources and Rural development Patricia Simon-Hart
Commissioner of Women Affairs Joeba West
Commissioner of Works Victor Giadom
Commissioner of Youth Development Owuwene Wonodi


Ministry Notes Website
Agriculture Regulates and formulates agricultural sector-related policies
Budget and Economic Planning Concerned with economic priorities and programmes of the government
Chieftaincy and Community Affairs Handles chieftaincy and community-related affairs
Commerce and Industry Deals with commerce, industry and cooperative matters
Culture and Tourism Develops and implements policies on culture and tourism
Education Directs education in Rivers State
Employment Generation and Empowerment Employment provision and empowerment
Energy and Natural Resources Monitors, controls and regulates energy and natural resources-related activities
Environment Oversees the environment in Rivers State
Finance Manages, controls and monitors state revenues and expenditures
Health Facilitates the provision of health services
Information and Communications Regulates broadcasting and print media
Justice Administers justice. Headed by the Commissioner of Justice
Lands and Survey
Local Government Affairs Charged with local government and local administration
Power Charged with electrical energy and power
Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Implements programmes and provides social, rehabilitative services
Special Duties Manages disasters and emergencies
Transport Responsible for transport infrastructure
Urban Development Reviews and prepares physical development, urban renewal and transportation plans
Water Resources and Rural Development Reviews and prepares physical development, urban renewal and transportation plans
Women Affairs Encourages the development of women
Works Responsible for socio-economic infrastructure
Youth Development Promotes youth empowerment and development


Parastatals, typically reporting to a ministry, were:[2]

  • Road Maintenance & Rehabilitation Task Force
  • Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  • Rivers State Television Authority
  • Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency
  • Rivers State Polytechnic
  • Rivers State Newspaper Corporation
  • Rivers State Microfinance Agency
  • Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority
  • Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology
  • Rivers State College of Arts and Science
  • Rivers State University of Education
  • Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation
  • Rivers State Agricultural Development Programme
  • River State Universal Basic Education Board
  • Post Primary Schools Board
  • Christians Pilgrims Welfare Board
  • Local Government Service Commission
  • Environmental Sanitation Authority
  • Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board


The legislature consists of elected representatives from each constituency. As of 2010 they were:[3]

Constituency Representative
Abua/Odual Henry I. Ogiri
Ahoada-East I Ewor Nname R.
Ahoada East II Kennedy S.A.L. Ebeku
Ahoada West Hope O. Ikiriko
Akuku-Toru I Brown Onari
Akuku-Toru II Ibroma Kitchner
Andoni Ibani I. Owaji
Asari-Toru I Otelemaba D. Amachree
Asari-Toru II Micheal Ibinabo West
Bonny Aye A. Pepple
Degema Harry Tonye Ezekiel
Eleme Isaac Kamalu
Emohua Chidi J. Lloyd
Etche I Samuel Eke
Etche II Golden Ngozi Chioma
Gokana Bariyima K. Badom
Ikwerre Enyinda Benson A.
Khana I Nwile Befil Charles
Khana II Deekor Dumnamene
Obio/Akpor I Collins Ordu
Obio/Akpor II Anthony Okeah
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni I Prince Uchechukwu Nnam-Obi
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni II Lucky Odili
Ogu/Bolo Maureen Tamuno
Okrika Linda S. Stewart
Omuma Kelechi Godspower Nwogu
Opobo/Nkoro Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja
Oyigbo Nnamdi Ihute
Port Harcourt I Jones Ogbonda
Port Harcourt II Irene Martins Inimgba
Port Harcourt III Victor Ihunwo
Tai Felicia Taneh
Clerk of the House Mr. Alex E. Nwala

Local Government[edit]

Local government areas handle local administration, under an elected Chairman. Rivers State is divided into twenty-three Local Government Areas (LGAs):

LGA Name Area (km2) Census 2006
Administrative capital Postal
Port Harcourt 109 541,115 Port Harcourt 500
Obio-Akpor 260 464,789 Rumuokoro 500
Okrika 222 222,026 Okrika 500
Ogu/Bolo 89 74,683 Ogu 500
Eleme 138 190,884 Eleme 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 Omuku 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Executive Council". Rivers State Government. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Parastatals". Government of Rivers State. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Constituencies". Rovers State House of Assembly. Retrieved 2010-09-20.