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StateRivers State
Date created3 May 1989
 • Local Government ChairmanAriolu C. George (PDP)
 • Deputy Local Government ChairmanChinyere Agbara (PDP)
 • Governing BodyObio-Akpor Local Government Council
 • MHAsMartins Amaewhule (PDP)
Michael O. Chinda (PDP)
 • Total100 sq mi (260 km2)
 • Total464,789
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
ZIP code

Obio-Akpor is a local government area[1] in the metropolis of Port Harcourt, one of the major centres of economic activities in Nigeria, and one of the major cities of the Niger Delta, located in Rivers State. The local government area covers 260 km2 and at the 2006 Census held a population of 464,789. Its postal code or ZIP code is 500102. Obio-Akpor has its headquarters at Rumuodomaya. The original indigenous occupants of the area are the Ikwerre People


Obio-Akpor is bounded by Port Harcourt (local government area) to the south, Oyigbo and Eleme to the east, Ikwerre and Etche to the north, and Emohua to the west. It is located between latitudes 4°45'N and 4°60'N and longitudes 6°50'E and 8°00'E[citation needed].


Geology and relief[edit]

Covering around 90 sq mi, Obio-Akpor is generally a lowland area with average elevation below 30 metres above sea level. Its geology comprises basically of alluvial sedimentary basin and basement complex. The thick mangrove forest, raffia palms and light rainforest are the major types of vegetation. Due to high rainfall, the soil in the area is usually sandy or sandy loam. It is always leached, underlain by a layer of impervious pan.[citation needed]

Localities, towns and suburbs[edit]

The following localities, townships and suburbs, are within Obio-Akpor:

  • Alakahia
  • Atali
  • Awalama
  • Choba
  • Egbelu
  • Elelenwo
  • Eligbam
  • Elimgbu
  • Elioparanwo
  • Eliozu
  • Eneka
  • Eligbolo
  • Iriebe
  • Mgbuesilaru
  • Mgbuoba
  • Mgbuosimini
  • Mpakurche
  • Nkpa
  • Nkpelu
  • Ogbogoro
  • Oginigba
  • Oro-Igwe
  • Oroazi
  • Ozuoba
  • Rukpokwu
  • Rumuadaolu
  • Rumuaghaolu
  • Rumualogu
  • Rumuchiorlu
  • Rumudara
  • Rumudogo
  • Rumuekini
  • Rumuekwe
  • Rumueme
  • Rumuepirikom
  • Rumuesara
  • Rumuewhara
  • Rumuibekwe
  • Rumuigbo
  • Rumukalagbor
  • Rumunduru
  • Rumuobiokani
  • Rumuogba
  • Rumuokparali
  • rumorukakolisi
  • Rumuolumeni
  • Rumuobochi
  • Rumuodomaya
  • Rumuoji
  • Rumuokoro
  • Rumuokwu
  • Rumuokwachi
  • Rumuokwuota
  • Rumuokwurusi
  • Rumuola
  • Rumuolukwu
  • Rumuomasi
  • Rumuomoi
  • Rumuosi
  • Rumuoto
  • Rumurolu
  • Rumuwaji
  • Rumuwegwu
  • Trans Amadi
  • Woji


Obio-Akpor is one of the 8 local government areas that formed the Rivers East senatorial district. It consists of 17 electoral wards administered by the Obio-Akpor Local Government Council. The council comprises the chairman who is the chief executive of the local government area, and other elected members who are referred to as councillors. The chairman is normally elected, but can, under special circumstances, also be appointed. He or she has the duty to supervise the activities of the local government, and preside over all meetings of the council.


  • Choba (ward)
  • Elelenwo (3b)
  • Oro-Igwe (ward)
  • Ozuoba-Ogbogoro
  • Rukpokwu (ward)
  • Rumueme (7a)
  • Rumueme (7b)
  • Rumueme (7c)
  • Rumuigbo (8a)
  • Rumukwuta (8b)
  • Rumuodara (ward)
  • Rumuodomaya (3a)
  • Rumuokoro (ward)
  • Rumuokwu (2b)
  • Rumuolumeni (ward)
  • Rumuomasi (ward)
  • Woji (ward)


To date, only 7 individuals have served as chairman of Obio-Akpor local government council. The list below does not include persons who have served as either a caretaker committee chairman or an administrator. For that information, see list of chairmen and caretaker committee chairmen of Obio-Akpor.

List of chairmen:

# Name Position Took office Left office Comments
1 B.A. Worgu chairman May 1989 July 1989 Engineer
2 Ndumati Lawson Ndu chairman January 1991 June 1991 Chief
3 O.T. Weli chairman July 1991 June 1993 Engineer
4 L.W. Chukwu chairman April 1995 April 1996 JP
5 Freddy N.W. Ichegbo chairman April 1996 April 1997 Hon.
6 Ezenwo Nyesom Wike chairman 1999 2002 Chief Barr.
7 Ezenwo Nyesom Wike chairman April 2004 June 2007 Chief Barr.
8 Timothy E. Nsirim chairman April 2008 April 2011
9 Timothy E. Nsirim chairman May 2011 November 2013 Hon.


Colleges and universities[edit]

Obio-Akpor contains the following colleges and universities within its boundaries:

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

The region is home to several public and private schools for both elementary and secondary education. Below is a listing of schools operating in the local government area including those managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Port Harcourt:


Obio-Akpor is undoubtedly, one of the major hubs for media in Rivers State. Elelenwo is the location of Radio Rivers 99.1, the first government-owned FM radio station in the state, and the second FM radio station to launch in Nigeria. Also headquartered in the neighbourhood is Rivers State Television whose signal is received in parts of nine states.

In October 2003, DAAR Communications Plc launched its radio and television stations which are transmitted from Choba.[2]

In 2008, Pidgin English radio station Wazobia FM 94.1 began broadcasting from its studios in Rumuosi.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Julius Agwu, Nigeria stand-up comedian, actor, singer and MC[9]


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  4. ^ "Monalisa Chinda". IMDb. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Tonto Dike Archives". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
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  8. ^ "Okey Wali – Channels Television". Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Julius Agwu Archives". Vanguard News. Retrieved 13 September 2021.

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