|Date created||3 May 1989|
|• Chairman||Solomon Abel Eke|
|• Governing Body||Obio-Akpor Local Government Council|
|• MHAs||Martins Amaewhule (PDP)|
Michael O. Chinda (PDP)
|• Total||100 sq mi (260 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
Obio-Akpor is a local government area 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 to the east, Ikwerre 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.
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Geology and relief
Covering around 100 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.
Localities, towns and suburbs
The following localities, townships and suburbs, are within Obio-Akpor:
- Trans Amadi
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.
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
Obio-Akpor contains the following colleges and universities within its boundaries:
- Catholic Institute of West Africa
- Eastern Polytechnic, Rumuokwurusi
- Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni
- Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Rumueme
- University of Port Harcourt, Choba
- Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic,Rumuola, Port Harcourt
- Rivers State University, Mile 3, Port Harcourt
Primary and secondary schools
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:
- Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls' School, Elelenwo
- Ash Merlyn International School, Elelenwo
- CITA International School, Rumuogba
- De World International Secondary School
- Emilio Piazza Memorial School, Rumuigbo
- Government Secondary School, Eneka
- Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School
- La Pierre Angulaire High School
- Liora Schools, Elelenwo
- Loretto School of Childhood, Rumuigbo
- Marygold International School, Elelenwo
- Niger Delta Science School
- Shalom International School
- St Maria Goretti's School
- St. Benedict Immaculate Canadian Academy
- The Donbridge School, Rumukwuta
- Topline Schools, Elelenwo
- Trans Amadi International School
- TiTARe Academy, Rumudara
- Woodville School
- Brainfield Secondary School, East-West Road, Eliogbolo
- Cedar Court British International School, Airport Road, Rukpokwu
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.
- Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State.
- Duncan Mighty (born 1983), Musician.
- Obi Wali, PhD, former distinguished senator, writer, activist
- Frank Eke, former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Eze Gbakagbaka of Ikwerre II
- John Azuta-Mbata, politician
- Monalisa Chinda, actress
- Tonto Dike, actress
- Daisy W. Okocha, former Chief Judge of Rivers State
- Okey Wali, SAN, former president of the Nigeria Bar Association
- Wilcox Abereton SAN, former acting Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association, Port Harcourt Branch
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