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State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital is Port
Harcourt. It is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean,
to the North by the Anambra, Imo and Abia States, to the East
by Akwa Ibom State and to the West by the Bayelsa and Delta
part of Rivers state consists of tropical rainforest; towards
the coast the typical river delta environment features many
mangrove swamps. Rivers state 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.
was formed in 1967 with the split of the Eastern Region of
Nigeria. It gained Ughelli from Bendel State, and Opobo from
the Cross-River State in 1976. Until 1996 the state contained
the area which is now in the Bayelsa State.
Port Harcourt, is the nerve centre of the famous Nigerian Oil
industry and over ninety industrial concerns, including the
Shell Petroleum Development Company of (Nigeria) Limited, AGIP,
Texaco, Elf, NPRC, Michelin, West African Glass Industry, Alcan
Aluminium, Metaloplastica, Risonpalm, NAFCON, Pabod Breweries,
to mention a few.
Due to its beautiful layout and peculiar topography, Port
Harcourt, christened "Garden City", is accessible by road,
rail, air and sea. Apart from being a railway terminus and
having one of the busiest airports in Nigeria, Port Harcourt
has the unique natural advantage of being the nation's second
largest sea port with another sea port, the Ocean Terinal
at Onne, a stone's throw from it.
River State was created on May 27, 1967 and
constituted one of the earliest states which came into being
upon the dissolution of the old regional structure
the main occupation of the people of Rivers State and the
agricultural policy of the state government is anchored on
food production. This provides employement for young school
leavers and university graduates. These agricultural activities
are grouped' under Community Block Farming Scheme, Community
Fishing Scheme, Livestock Scheme and Rabbitry.
However, it is the production of oil and gas
that Rivers State is most famous. With enormous reserves of
crude oil and natural gas, Rivers State account for more than
40% of Nigeria crude oil production. Apart from this, there
are many petrochemical related industries in the state which
also harbour the first petroleum refinery in Nigeria. Nigeria's
gigantic liquified natural gas project is located in Bonny
in the state
UNIVERSITY OF PORT-HARCOURT (www.uniport.edu.ng)
Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt Man-made *
Monument of King Jaja of Opobo Monument * Okrika Aquatic Stadium
Man-made * Ifoko Beach, Ifoko Physical * Port Harcourt Tourist
State with a population of about three million people occupies
an area of 21,850 sq. km. With two thirds of it in the Niger
Delta geographical terrain. The dominant ethnic groups are Ijwa,
Ikwere, Etche, Ogoni, and Ogba/Egbema. Ijaw and Ikwerre are
the most spoken languages although pidgin English is widely
used in radio and television broadcasts.
Rivers State is currently made up of 22 local government
areas. These are Ogba/Egbema, Ndoni, Ahoada, Ikwerre, Etche,
Andoni/Opobo, Bonny, Okrika, Iyigbo, Ehana, Gokana Tai/Eleme,
Obio/Akpor, Emohua, Degema, Aseri Toru, Akuku, Abua/Odial,
Omumma, Opobo/Nkoro, Ogu/ Bolo, Ahaoda West and Eleme.
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