Rivers State

Rivers State, also known simply as Rivers, 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. 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: Andoni, Ikwerre, Ibani, Opobo, Eleme, Okrika, and Kalabari, Etche, Ogba, Ogoni, Engenni and others. The people from Rivers State are known as “Riverians”.

The inland 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.

The state 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. The capital, 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.

Local Government Areas

Rivers State is currently made up of 23 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/ BolRo, Ahaoda West, Ahoada East and Eleme.


The State has over 2,805 primary schools and 243 secondary schools. The secondary schools are concentrated mainly in LGA headquarter towns and in Port Harcourt. The Tertiary institutions include the University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Port Harcourt www.uniport.edu.ng, established by the federal government in 1975, the Rivers State University ,www.ust.edu.ng, 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 , Rivers State Polytechnic at Rumuola which gained a polytechnic status in 2006,, and the state-owned Rivers State Polytechnic at Bori,www.rivpoly-edu.net,  the Rivers State University of Education (Ignatius Ajulu University) at Rumuolumeni,www.iaue.edu.ng, Nkpolu Oroworukwo and Ndele and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Rumueme, Port Harcourt. 

Business Opportunities

Agriculture is 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


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 Beach .

Facts about Rivers State

Capital:Port Harcourt
Area:1,077 km˛square
Population:6,689,087 (2005 est.)
Language: Ikwerre, Ijaw, Kana, Gokana…
Governor:Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (PDP)
ISO 3166-2:NG-RI
Date Created:27 May 1967
Population Rank:N/A

More About us

The current Governor of Rivers State

The current Governor of Rivers State, Bar. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike. (born 24 August 1967) is a Nigerian lawyer, politician and Governor of Nigeria’s oil-rich Rivers State. He is an Ikwerre Person , from Umuepirikom in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria.

The Garden City Of Nigeria - Port Harcourt

 Port Harcourt in south-south Nigeria, is an affluent, cosmopolitan and animate city which can easily pass as Nigeria’s second economic hub after Lagos. The state is best known for having humongous oil deposits which have driven different people and businesses to the city.


Our People are Great

 Port Harcourt in south-south Nigeria, is an affluent, cosmopolitan and animate city which can easily pass as Nigeria’s second economic hub after Lagos. The state is best known for having humongous oil deposits which have driven different people and businesses to the city.


Our Traditional Attires

Our food

Some Companies in Rivers State

Shell Petroleum Development Company Of Nigeria Limited

 Operator of the NNPC/Shell/TEPN/Agip Joint Venture

A Software, Techtronics, and Surveillance Services provider-Company in Port Harcourt, and the Developers of the world’s Famous Awajima application for mobile, TV, & wearable, which is use for reporting and responding to Hyrdrocarbon/Oil spillages, Emergency and Crime 

Chevron is one of the largest oil producers in Nigeria and one of its largest investors.

In Nigeria, we operate under a joint-venture arrangement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the onshore and offshore assets in the Niger Delta region.

Chevron also has extensive interests in multipartner deepwater operations. We operate the Agbami Field, one of Nigeria’s largest deepwater discoveries. We also have a nonoperated interest in the Usan Field.